UCSF Oral Health Alliance


Another Great College Day and Symposium!

04/08/2017--Our 2nd Annual Oral Health Alliance College Day and Symposium had a great turnout. A big "thank you" to everyone that came out to share dental school experiences, strategies for applying to dental school, and inspirational personal stories of overcoming obstacles to become successful dental school students.

Our poster competition fielded nine entrants and three winners (See pictures here) and our Symposium speakers gave exciting and groundbreaking lectures (See video here).

We also want to thank everyone that came out to Rock Hall from all over the Bay Area and greater California. We hope to see you all next year!

The Oral Health Alliance readies to advance to its second successful year! 

09/06/2016--After a successful first year of operations, Dr. Brent Lin’s HRSA brain child, the Oral Health Alliance, is bristling with energy and excitement as the second phase and its second year of operations gets ready to roll out.

Starting October 1st, the OHA will offer the elective course PD190— “Interprofessional Education for Primary Care Providers.” The course attempts to bridge the collaborative gaps between various health care disciplines. A pilot version of the course was offered during the quiet summer months at UCSF and it was met with much enthusiasm and support from students and lecturers: “Trainees have learned firsthand about the impact of children’s oral health on their systemic health and a management strategy that is relevant to primary care providers in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner,” noted Dr. Brent Lin. A similar PD190 format will also be launched across the bay in Hayward this fall where Chabot College is collaborating with the Oral Health Alliance to bring awareness and instruction to health care students on the high importance of children’s oral health.

Lastly, there is the Oral Health Alliances’ seminal Hygienist Fellows program. Ms. Maria Elena Simpson came on board on July first; she won the scholarship after hundreds of applicants were considered. Maria routinely travels from her home in Auburn, a city that sits at the foothills of the Sierra Mountain range and which is easily a hefty two hour one way trip to UCSF. However, the long days have not dampened Ms. Simpson’s regard for the OHA’s Hygienist Fellows Program: “It’s a great experience. I see kids with special needs that I have never seen before. I really believe that this program is adding to my skill set. I’m really enjoying my time here.”

If you would like to enroll in PD 190 - "Children’s Oral Health for Primary Care Providers," please see the UCSF Course Catalog:


Thank You For Making Our First Annual College Day and Symposium a Success!

      06/11/16-We wish to thank all of our Oral Health Alliance College Day Speakers (Emily Yang, Jenny Garcia, Dien Sun, Brian Lee, and Kathleen Marcelo) and Symposium speakers (Above: Left to Right: Dr. Sheila Brear, Dr. Karen Duderstadt, Karissa Moreno, M.A., Dr. Remya Niranjan, and Dr. Brent Lin) for their engaging and informative presentations. We also wish to thank all of the students and advocates for children's oral health that took the time to come out and participate in our inaugural event on Saturday, June 11th 2016. Finally, we wish to thank HRSA representative Darren Orgel and our sponsor DPT for their invaluable contribution. Please take some time and peruse our pictures and video of our event HERE. We hope to see you all next year!

      Dental Success at the Kids'n Fun Festival!

      Here is a picture of our wonderful dental volunteers at the Kids'n Fun Festival which took place on Saturday, August 13, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM in the Memorial Park at Cupertino. Kids'N Fun Festival is a multi-cultural festival dedicated exclusively to children of all ages with activities, games, performance, and international delicacies. Our oral and dental community performed oral and dental health screenings, topical fluoride applications, provided preventive dental health education, and anticipatory guidance for children in the local communities. Some participants are our HRSA trainees in the interprofessional education for primary care providers. See you next year!


      From our friend Darren Orgel at HRSA:

      Are you a recently graduated dental student looking for a creative path to re-pay your student debt?

      Students pursuing a career in primary health care are eligible to receive funding for their education in exchange for practicing in rural, urban, and frontier communities with limited access to care, upon graduation and licensure.

      The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

      For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.

      For more information, please visit the NHSC Scholarship Program.