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Award, Recognition for UWSoD RIDE Program

The University of Washington School of Dentistry RIDE (Regional Initiatives in Dental Education) program has recently been recognized by both the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA). The RIDE program, which places UW dental students in rural communities for a portion of their studies, aims to improve access to dental care by increasing the number of dentists who choose to practice in underserved communities following graduation. 

In October of 2016, the program was named winner of a 2017 ADEAGies Foundation Gies Award for Vision. The awards are granted to individuals or organizations that “exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership,” and will be presented on March 20 during the ADEA Annual Session. 

The RIDE program’s work to increase access to care in rural communities was also featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging. “The most important thing a dental school can do to address the needs of older adults, who are disproportionately represented in rural areas, is to help get appropriately trained dentists out there,” the article concludes. Make sure to read the full article, “Growing the Dental Workforce to Serve Rural Communities: University of Washington’s RIDE Program.”

Congratulations to the University of Washington School of Dentistry, current and former RIDE students, professors, and all others committed to the success and impact of RIDE. To learn more about the program, watch the video below or visit their website.

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