Interfaith Dental Clinic

The Nashville Dental Society & Outreach Commission of West End United Methodist Church formed the Interfaith Dental Clinic in November, 1994. The mission of the Interfaith Dental Clinic is to restore, protect and improve the oral health of uninsured low-income, employed persons, their children and the elderly in Middle Tennessee through access to affordable, quality dental care, oral disease prevention services and oral health education. The funds requested in the application will support a portion of preceptor and direct support salaries focused on integrating and enhancing our holistic, compassionate care model into all training programs for our students [registered dental assistant trainees, dentist residents (surgery and general), community dental health worker trainees, licensed dentists and leaders of charitable dental clinics. The agency’s outcomes include: 75% of all trained graduates will have increased knowledge in cultural sensitivity and behavioral health modification as evidenced by a movement on our scale to a minimum of a 5 and/or an increase of at least 1 point if greater than 5 to start. 50% IFDC alumni assume paid or volunteer roles in charitable and/or community clinics. Through the additional care provided by Education Center students, patients served using the loving care model will increase from 2,164 in FY 13-14 to 2,500 in FY 14-15, to 3,000 in FY 15-16 and to 3,400 in FY 16-17.