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Rural Project Examples: Dental workforce

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Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE)

funded by the Health Resources Services Administration

Updated/reviewed February 2020

  • Need: Address oral health disparities in Washington's rural and underserved communities.
  • Intervention: The University of Washington School of Dentistry developed the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program preparing dentists for practice in rural and underserved areas.
  • Results: As of 2019, 77% of all RIDE graduates are practicing in Washington state. Of those, 82% are practicing in rural and underserved communities.