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Mission

“Only 25 percent of children eligible for Denti-Cal [California’s public dental benefits program] see a dentist,” said Roseann Mulligan, Associate Dean for Community Oral Health Programs and Hospital Affairs at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. “The earlier we can reach families and get children accustomed to going to a dentist, the more we can prevent disease instead of repairing damage.” CHAMP will greatly benefit Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC students, who will gain more experience treating young kids from a variety of backgrounds and learn about working in an interdisciplinary setting with social workers.

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Message for Patients

Children’s Health and Maintenance Program (CHAMP) travels to preschools, community events, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) centers, throughout Los Angeles County.

Faculty, students, and staff from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC screen children ages zero to five for dental problems, administer preventive fluoride treatments, and provide families with oral health education. CHAMP teams help families find a trusted dental home by providing referrals to community dental clinics, including the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. They also assist families with dental insurance enrollment and train community health professionals on how to provide oral care for children ages five and under.

Students from the USC School of Social Work assist our outreach teams by providing follow-up assistance to families, helping them understand and access dental care benefits and overcome other barriers to getting routine dental care.

 

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