Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F 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 (HRSA)

Start Date



Nova Southeastern University (NSU) located in Broward County, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the grantee of record. NSU is partnering with Care Resource Community Health Center, located in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mark Schweizer, Assistant Dean of Community Programs and Public Health at NSU-CDM is responsible for the comprehensive development, management, and educational programs for the overall project. We are requesting $235,308 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 states Broward County has experienced among the highest rates of new HIV and AIDS cases in the United States. Disproportionately impacted groups include Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) of all races and ethnicities and Women of Color. Estimates that in 2021, 21,104 persons are living with HIV and a rate per 100,000 of 1,079.4. HIV. This is compared to the Florida rate of 547.6/100,000 The lifetime risk of a HIV diagnosis in Florida is 1 in 58. Florida, particularly Broward and neighboring Miami-Dade County leads the nation in not only new HIV infections but in new cases of AIDS. 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 6 Goals for the project: 1) To increase access to oral health care for people with HIV. 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) Integrate Oral Health into Primary Care utilizing community partners 6) To promote consumer involvement in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the NSU-CBDPP.

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