Dental school receives third million dollar grant

ATSU School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) has received a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). This is the universityâ??s third to receive the grant.

Missouri ranks 41st in the nation relative to adults who visit a dentist annually and high-risk populations struggle getting access to dental care. This grant will help the dental school train students to work in these areas.

â??The grant funding would be used to better develop curriculum and to better design infrastructure of the dental school with the ultimate goal of producing better trained dentist to meet the needs of underserved populations,â?? said Inaugural Dean of ATSU-MOSDOH Christopher Halliday, DDS.

â??Our hope is that we definitely raise the awareness of our dental students to the needs of different population groups and the ultimate hope is they will pursue options in the profession in underserved communities once they graduate.â??

Dr. Halliday said students do their clinical training in their third and fourth year in community health center settings.