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Am J Public Health. 2001 Aug;91(8):1187-9.

Bringing the mountain to Mohammed: a mobile dental team serves a community-based program for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Mailman School of Public Health, Division of Community Health, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York, NY, USA.


In spite of the direct referral system and family-centered model of primary oral health care linking medical and dental care providers, most HIV-positive patients at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center received only emergency and episodic dental care between 1993 and 1998. To improve access to dental care for HIV/AIDS patients, a mobile program, called WE CARE, was developed and colocated in community-based organizations serving HIV-infected people. WE CARE provided preventive, early intervention, and comprehensive oral health services to minorities, low-income women and children, homeless youths, gays and lesbians, transgender individuals, and victims of past abuse. More efforts to colocate dental services with HIV/AIDS care at community-based organizations are urgently needed.

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