U-M School of Dentistry receives $2M grant for special care clinic

The U-M School of Dentistry will create a clinic where practitioners from multiple disciplines provide special needs patients with dental and health care services in the same facility, thanks to a $2 million gift from the Delta Dental Foundation.

The gift funds the Delta Dental of Michigan Integrated Special Care Clinic, which will improve health care access and convenience for patients with developmental disabilities, cognitive impairments, complex medical problems, significant medical limitations, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the vulnerable elderly.

The clinic’s delivery model is designed so dental students, faculty and colleagues from other U-M health science schools and colleges provide care together. The goal of this interdisciplinary approach, believed to be the first of its kind in Michigan, is to enhance access and improve the quality of care for this special patient population.

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