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J Dent Educ. 2012 Oct;76(10):1334-41.

A collaboration to enhance oral health care for survivors of domestic violence: women's domestic violence shelters and Nova Southeastern University's College of Dental Medicine.

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College of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, 3200 S. University Drive, Davie, FL 33328, USA.


Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine (NSU-CDM) has developed a program to educate its Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residents to provide oral health services to survivors of domestic violence. NSU-CDM worked in collaboration with three community-based sites in Florida's Dade and Broward counties that provide residential and outpatient services to women survivors of domestic violence. The educational program includes didactic instruction and clinical rotations utilizing portable dental equipment assembled at the community-based sites. The central element of the program was the establishment of a partnership between NSU-CDM and local community-based organizations that serve women who have experienced domestic violence. This collaboration enabled the school to involve a range of key stakeholders in program development and implementation and to successfully establish dental clinics at two shelter sites. In total, NSU-CDM provided dental care to over 250 women, and twenty AEGD residents completed both the didactic and clinical rotations of the domestic violence education program. Elements identified as being essential to successful collaborations between oral health clinics and shelter settings are described.

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