Community Based Dental Partnership Program

Principal Investigator/Project Director

Mark Schweizer

Colleges / Centers

College of Dental Medicine


U.S. DHHS - Health Resources and Services Administration

Start Date



Summary of Request: Nova Southeastern University (NSU) located in Broward County, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the grantee of record. NSU is partnering with Broward Community and Family Health Center, in Broward County, Pompano Beach, Florida. Mark Schweizer at NSU-CDM is responsible for the comprehensive development, management, and educational programs for the overall project. We are requesting $219,230 for Year One of the new project period. Target Population(s): The target populations include all HIV infected persons living in Broward County, Florida. The Florida Department of Health estimates that in 2015, 41 of every 100,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV. The lifetime risk of a HIV diagnosis in Florida is 1 in 54. Florida, particularly Broward and neighboring Miami-Dade County leads the nation in not only new HIV infections but in new cases of AIDS.As of December 31, 2015 19,585 persons were living with HIV in Broward County. New HIV infections and AIDS cases are disproportionally represented in the African American community in Broward County with a reported 42% of new HIV infections and 51% of new AIDS cases. Problem: This proposal demonstrates the need for funding for a CBDP program that will serve Broward County, Florida. Broward County has a large number of HIV infected individuals who have limited access to oral health care. In Broward County, providers recognize the need for additional referral sites for oral health care services and clients continue to report a very significant unmet dental need. Barriers include lack of knowledge, access to dental insurance and treatment sites, stigma, and transportation. Goals and Objectives: There are 5 Goals for the project: 1) To increase access to oral health care for people with HIV Disease. 2) To educate and train dental students enrolled in accredited dental education programs on the oral diseases and conditions associated with HIV. 3) To ensure that community dental professionals have access to quality training on the oral diseases and conditions associated with HIV. 4) To develop and maintain a program of continuous quality improvement. 5) To promote consumer involvement in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the NSU-CBDPP.

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