Care in Underserved Communities
USC Dentistry maintains an expansive network of community outreach programs to extend quality oral health care to those who cannot usually afford to visit a dentist’s chair. These programs meet a critical need in local and regional communities and expose USC dental students to clinical experiences that shape their ability to think critically and provide exemplary care. As families and communities across California have been impacted by COVID-19, the need for oral healthcare has grown as families face unemployment or income instability and have been challenged in locating the care they need during the pandemic.
Students treating a patient at a USC Mobile Dental Clinic eventThe USC Community Oral Health Programs have provided a platform for USC dentistry students to lend a helping hand to some of the most vulnerable populations across central and southern California with a mobile fleet and an array of community partnerships for more than fifty years. Through the USC Mobile Dental Clinic, students, faculty and staff provide comprehensive preventive care and restorative services to improve oral health and preserve smiles free-of-charge. Typically, nearly 90 percent of children who participate in a mobile dental clinic are visiting a dentist for the first time and some require immediate treatment.
Ostrow student Kayla Lau and a young patient celebrate after they finish treatment at a mobile clinic site (Photo by David Sprague) Through our outreach efforts in the community, USC dental students and faculty also make high-quality oral healthcare accessible for underserved communities at fixed sites like the USC Dental Clinic at Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles—where we treat patients experiencing homelessness free-of-charge; at the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic, where the school offers care to geriatric patients or individuals with complex medical conditions; and at the USC dental clinic at Hollenbeck Palms, a nonprofit retirement community in Boyle Heights. With your continued support, USC dental students and faculty are able to continue serving in community clinics impacted by the pandemic and meet a critical need for oral health care among underserved groups in communities around Los Angeles.
Trojans Making an Impact
We are continually grateful for the investments our alumni, friends and supporters have made in the past that have given us the capabilities necessary to adapt during this current crisis. Amidst unprecedented challenges and unexpected change, USC Dentistry continues to focus on training skilled clinicians who are leaders in the dental profession. As we continue to engage current and future students in the education of providing exemplary patient care and drive the evolution of dental practice, gifts to the USC Dentistry Innovation Fund allow the school to direct resources where they are most needed.
Student Emergency Fund
We remain steadfastly committed to our students while also acknowledging the very real challenges they are facing. To help address those challenges and to support USC Dentistry students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, generous donors to USC Dentistry have made gifts to the USC Dentistry, OT and PT Student Emergency Fund.
This fund will continue to serve as a lifeline—both during the current crisis and into the future—helping Ostrow students across all of our academic programs who are experiencing unexpected and overwhelming financial challenges, such as struggling to pay rent, provide for young families, finance necessary emergency travel or afford basic necessities as they continue or complete their education.
Every gift makes a difference and we invite you to partner with the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry today as we assist students who are facing overwhelming financial challenges—both now and after the current crisis—adapt to provide outstanding educational experiences in every era and prepare to continue offering much-needed patient care to communities both near and far.
The University’s COVID-19 Response
USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, USC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.
Thank you for your support. Fight On!