Community Based Dental Education (CBDE)

Our programs aim to provide students with community-based experiences, particularly in clinics located in underserved communities.

Why CBDE is good for the student:

  • Cultivates a positive attitude in caring for underserved populations
  • Improves confidence by interacting with a diverse group of patients
  • Develops a provider who is able to reflect on the oral health needs of a community being served
  • Advances clinical skills by treating patients in busy patient-oriented facility

Why CBDE is good for the community:

  • Addresses the access to care issues for the population served
  • Increases the proportion of children, adolescents and adults who use the oral health care system, annually
  • Fosters better trust and effective communication regarding oral health within the community
  • Exposes students to careers in a safety net health center
  • Helps to achieve objectives set by Healthy People 2020

Partner Clinics

Partner Clinics

All of our partnering clinics are located throughout Michigan.  

Cherry Street Health

  • Grand Rapids

Dental Clinics North

  • Cheboygan
  • Gaylord

Family Medical Center of Michigan

  • Temperance

My Community Dental Centers Inc. 

  • Harrison
  • Hart
  • Ionia
  • Manistee

Wayne County Healthy Communities

  • Wayne 

Western Wayne Family Health Centers

  • Inkster
  • Lincoln Park
  • Taylor