Student-led oral health care project for veterans wins national award

A program launched by a group of students at the U-M School of Dentistry to provide oral health care to disabled and homeless veterans in northern lower Michigan has won a major national award from the American Dental Association Foundation.

The Wolverine Patriot Project was established in April 2012 with two major objectives — the first, to provide comprehensive free dental care to disabled and homeless veterans; the second, to enhance student education and professional training under auspices of the school’s Pathways program. An integral part of the dental curriculum, the Pathways program gives U-M dental students opportunities to explore career options in health care delivery, leadership or research.

The 2013 Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award recognizes dental school student programs that demonstrate excellence in providing help to underserved groups of individuals in the U.S.

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