PHILADELPHIA, March 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With the goal of helping to improve access to dental care for individuals with disabilities, Penn Dental Medicine is establishing a new continuing education series through the support of the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF). A $50,000 gift from DDF will fund an online professional development program designed to help oral health professionals better understand and care for the disabilities community.
“We are dedicated to not only educating our students, but also practicing clinicians in caring for persons with disabilities,” says Penn Dental Medicine’s Dean, Dr. Mark S. Wolff. “In the U.S., there are nearly 57 million people with disabilities. To serve this population, the educational paradigm must shift and the community of dental providers must be given the tools to accommodate patients with differing needs.”
Through Penn Dental Medicine’s new Care Center for Persons with Disabilities, which opened in December 2020,