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2nd Annual UAB Dentistry Cares Community Day

Community Cares Day 1 FOR WEBMore than 400 underserved and homeless adults of Birmingham received teeth cleanings, restorations and extractions free of charge at the UAB School of Dentistry’s 2nd annual Community Cares Day on November 5.

Patients also received oral health counseling, blood pressure checks, and oral cancer screenings.

UAB School of Dentistry served as the primary site for treatments, while Christ Health Center, The Foundry and Jefferson County Health Department dental clinics offered their facilities as an extension of the event.

Community Cares Day 2 FOR WEB“This event helps raise awareness of the increasing difficulty low-income adults face in accessing critical dental care, and challenges dental professionals to work together to improve the oral health of the citizens of Alabama and beyond,” said Conan Davis, DMD, assistant dean for Community Collaborations and Public Health in the School of Dentistry.

The generous sponsor support of The Caring Foundation – BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Henry Schein Dental Supply Co., UAB School of Public Health, Alabama Dental Association, Brasseler USA, Courtyard Marriott & SpringHill Suites, OKU Honor Society, Oral Arts Dental Laboratories, UAB Health Systems Foundation, and numerous private donors made the day possible.

Community Cares Day 3 FOR WEBIn addition to School of Dentistry faculty, students, residents, staff, and alumni the Alabama Dental Association and the three companion sites, other event partners include the Birmingham District Dental Society, Cahaba Valley Health Care, Fortis Institute School of Dental Hygiene, Samford School of Pharmacy, and the UAB School of Nursing among others who just came to help.

The UAB Dentistry Cares Community Day is a truly positive collaborative effort on the part of many diverse inter-professional players.

Read more about the second UAB Dentistry Cares Day HERE.

Dr. Milton E. Essig Receives the Fuller Award

Essig - Fuller Award FOR WEBDr. Milton E. Essig ('70) received the H. Moren Fuller Award from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry Alumni Association during the Annual Alabama Dental Alumni Luncheon on June 13, 2014.

The Fuller Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the dental profession.

The award is given occasionally when an individual's contributions and outstanding achievements to the dental profession are judged by the Executive Council of the Alumni Association to be especially significant and deserving of this honor.

UAB Dentistry & ALDA Award 2014 HRSA Grants to Three Alabama Dentists

Congratulations to the 2014 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Recipients. The 2014 Recipients are Drs. Barrett Bradford, Sharon Glass and Brant Haynie.

HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.  The HRSA grants given to dentists in Alabama are jointly administered by the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and the Alabama Dental Association under the Alabama Dental Workforce Enhancement Program (ADWEP). These grants are given to dentists in an effort to increase dental access for underserved Alabamians. Qualified Alabama Dentists may apply each year for one of the three $100,000.00 grants. One of the stipulations of the grant is that the applicant agrees to maintain a minimum of 30% Medicaid recipients in their total patient population.

Barrett Bo BradfordDr. Barrett (Bo) Bradford (’14) is a native of Scottsboro, Alabama and states his family has been in Scottsboro for five generations.

In his application Dr. Bradford states, "Personally, I sincerely believe that God has given me a gift to communicate with patients of all shapes and sizes, young and old, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status. In addition, I also feel as if I have an uncanny ability to make others around me comfortable in any given situation."

Dr. Bradford will be practicing general dentistry in Scottsboro.

Sharon GlassDr. Sharon Glass (’14) is a general dentist practicing in Clanton.

Dr. Glass stated on her application that, "It has always been my plan to follow in the footsteps of my mentor and operate a family practice. With or without the grant, I still plan to accept Medicaid. My practice will be a place for parents to bring their children as well as a soothing environment for the elderly. I want all the members of my community to feel welcome."

Dr. Glass started her career in dentistry as a dental assistant and dental hygienist. She is purchasing the practice she formerly worked for.

Brant HaynieDr. Brant Haynie (’11) is a general dentist in the United States Air Force Dental Corps. Dr. Haynie will be opening a new practice in Springville, Alabama in St. Clair County. He stated on his application that "My goal is to build a practice that is prepared to strategically adapt over time in order to create an environment where Medicaid patients will always be accepted as new patients. At the root of all this is one thing, that is the assurance of quality dental care to the children of Alabama."

Palcanis Awarded for Outstanding Periodontal Educator

kent palcanisDr. Kent Palcanis was presented the Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology.

The award recognizes an exemplary periodontal faculty member for making a consistent and significant impact on teaching and innovation in periodontics over the course of his career.

For more information, click HERE.