A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) has been awarded a $25,769 Express Scripts Foundation grant in support of ATSU-MOSDOH’s Veterans Project Phase 4. This phase of the project, from August 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020, will provide 45 underserved urban and rural veterans from St. Louis and rural southeastern Missouri with care in the form of free partial or full dentures and related oral healthcare services.
Since the project’s beginning in August 2017 (Phases 1-3), ATSU-MOSDOH faculty, students, and generous partner organizations have delivered dentures and related services to 120 veterans as of July 22, 2019.
“Express Scripts is proud to champion better health for our veterans, and to partner with innovative institutions like ATSU to deliver quality dental care," said the Express Scripts spokesperson. "When we team up as a community to help veterans, we make an incredible difference in their lives and for their families.”
The project’s objectives and life-changing services align with ATSU’s mission to assist underserved populations to have enhanced overall health and well-being, improved quality of life and social interaction, and increased workforce readiness among participating veterans. At the conclusion Phase 4, the Veterans Project will have provided 165 veterans with services valued at approximately $849,750.
“ATSU-MOSDOH is committed to providing oral healthcare services to uninsured and underserved populations, and this project embodies that commitment,” said Herbert Silva, DMD, ATSU-MOSDOH comprehensive care unit director and assistant professor, who leads the veterans project.
Dr. Silva, who is a Marine Corps veteran himself, teaches third- and fourth-year dental students at ATSU-MOSDOH’s clinical training site, the St. Louis Dental Center, a federally qualified health center operated in partnership with Affinia Healthcare. With an emphasis on public health and service to the community, ATSU-MOSDOH faculty and dental students volunteer to treat veterans participating in the project, and they collaborate with generous partner organizations and a dental lab to provide full and partial dentures at no cost to veterans. As of July 19, 2019, total project services are valued at approximately $613,000.
Partner organizations that have donated services and resources for the project include Affinia Healthcare, which manages clinical operations at the St. Louis Dental Center and provides a reduction in fees for participating veterans; Lighthouse Church, which serves as a host for the Smiles of Hope Dental Clinic in Dexter, Missouri, and provides Dexter veterans with transportation funds to go to St. Louis for appointments; Dental Arts Laboratories, which provides dentures at a cost reduction; and Kulzer, which provides free denture teeth for ATSU-MOSDOH Veterans Project participants.
St. Louis Dental Center, a partnership of ATSU-MOSDOH and Affinia Healthcare
Located at 1500 Park Avenue in the Lafayette Square neighborhood, the ST. LOUIS DENTAL CENTER, a partnership of A.T. Still University and Affinia Healthcare, offers high quality, comprehensive, and affordable oral healthcare services for patients of all ages in a new, state-of-the-art 79,000-square-foot clinical training facility with 93 dental chairs. Dental care is provided for the St. Louis community by Affinia Healthcare dentists and staff and ATSU-MOSDOH faculty and dental students. To learn more about St. Louis Dental Center services and schedule an appointment, call 314.833.2700. For more information, visitstldentalcenter.org or Facebook.com/stldental.center.
About A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Founded in 1892 as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine, A.T. STILL UNIVERSITY provides graduate-level education in whole person healthcare. Recognized internationally for its integrated approach, ATSU equips students with the knowledge, compassion, and hands-on experience needed to address the body, mind, and spirit. The University now comprises Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Graduate Health Studies, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Arizona School of Health Sciences,School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. For more information, visit atsu.edu.