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Center for Oral Health Moves to Western U

Posted on August 21, 2012

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2012) - The Center for Oral Health (COH) is moving its headquarters to Western University of Health Sciences' Pomona, Calif. campus, allowing for greater collaboration and innovation in helping vulnerable populations.

"This affiliation with WesternU is a partnership made in heaven," said COH Executive Director Conrado E. Bárzaga, MD. "The Center for Oral Health's mission is to improve oral health through innovation, research, education and advocacy. Both entities see that this is a wonderful opportunity to create innovative solutions that will improve the way that oral health care is delivered in the United States."

"We are at an inflection point in health care, and that inflection includes oral health care," said College of Dental Medicine Dean Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS. "Creating actual movement and real progress in improving oral health will require innovative and broadly applicable approaches. The College of Dental Medicine is excited to work with the Center for Oral Health in helping to promote positive changes, measure the impact of those changes and use the information to support the policies and political will needed for improved oral health."

Founded in 1985, the Center for Oral Health is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public oral health with a focus on children and vulnerable populations. COH collaborates with national, state and local partners to develop innovative community-based strategies for improving oral health.

COH has been headquartered in Oakland, and it will continue to maintain an office there as it continues to partner with institutions in northern California. All six California dental schools are represented on COH's Board of Directors, and the center will continue to collaborate with them all, Bárzaga said.

"We are looking at opportunities to engage particularly the dental student community to participate in statewide projects under the leadership of the Center for Oral Health," he said. "We're especially looking at better understanding public policy implications and their impact on oral health and access to dental care."

Western University of Health Sciences (www.westernu.edu), located in Pomona, Calif. and Lebanon, Ore., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in biomedical sciences, dental medicine, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.