Student Outreach Clinic
The Indiana University Dental Student Outreach Clinic is a free dental clinic for underserved adults on the Near East Side of Indianapolis. This clinic is organized and staffed by Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) students under the supervision of volunteer IUSD faculty. The clinic is open two Saturdays per month, and dental students from the school provide dental care to patients. There are a number of student officers who are elected by their peers and are present when the clinic is open. The student chair and vice chair are Christine Foulkes and Brian Rochford, and the faculty advisors are Dr. Carlson and Dr. Yoder.
A project of the IU student chapter of American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)
Supported by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)
The mission of the Indiana University Dental Student Outreach Clinic is to foster motivated and skilled student leaders to address the oral health needs of the underserved communities, develop student leaders to influence change in the community, promote access and utilization to oral health services, and to nurture an environment in the pursuit of excellence in education and learning, research, and lifelong service to the community and to the dental profession.
The IUSD Student Outreach Clinic began as a student driven initiative in 2009. In January 2011, an affiliation agreement was established between the IU School of Dentistry and HealthNet People's Health and Dental Center. HealthNet is the largest federally qualified health center in the state of Indiana.
The IUSD Student Outreach Clinic at People's Health and Dental Center is now serving the near Eastside neighborhood of Indianapolis providing dental services such as education, screenings, cleanings, fillings, and extractions. All student dental services are directly supervised by IU faculty dentist volunteers.