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Drs. Marco Alarcon and Tania Ariza (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia) and Drs. Ana Lucia Seminario and Kyle Kirk (UW) during a field trip in the Peruvian Amazon

Children’s oral health on children’s and family quality of life in Peru Amazonian slum

Untreated dental caries in permanent teeth is the most prevalent disease, and dental caries of the primary teeth affect more than 530 million children. Oral diseases manifest as pain, impairment, and loss of function, and can affect individuals throughout their lifetime.
Read more about oral health in the Peruvian Amazon

Peru Education, Action, & Research (PEAR) Network at University of Washington

The Peru Education, Action, & Research (PEAR) Network is an informal network of UW faculty, graduate students, and community partners with research interests, projects, collaborators, and/or student programs in Peru.
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Hills in Peru
Clinical Research Workshop

Thailand increases oral health research training capacity

Although oral diseases are largely preventable, they are among the most non-communicable diseases globally, and they disproportionately burden disadvantaged communities, specially within low- and middle-income nations.
Read more about oral health research training

Rewarding meeting between DeRouen Center interns and Dean Chiodo

At the end of 2019, the UW Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health interns took part in a breakfast meeting with Dr. Gary Chiodo, Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. The interns shared snapshots of their work in furthering the DeRouen Center’s mission.
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Collage with logo for UW and UoN

UW collaboration with UoN

Since 2015, the University of Washington (UW) DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health has developed a partnership with UW Global Health, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya to set up the Children’s Healthy Oral Management Project (CHOMP).
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Oral health topics awarded by NIH Fogarty fellowship

The Fogarty International Center (FIC) is dedicated to advancing the NIH mission by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by the U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.
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DENTEL-520 – Course sets an example for integrating Global Health into UW Dental School Curriculum

Dental students have demonstrated an interest in international topics but are largely unaware of global health topics. To improve students’ global health awareness, the University of Washington (UW) Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health at the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) created an elective course for dental and public health students.
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DeRouen Center Interns’ Next Steps

Congratulations to the DeRouen Center interns who graduated in Spring 2020. Jessica Latimer, Susan Lee and Belle Chen recently graduated from UW School of Dentistry. Jessica is currently attending a 4-year residency at Harvard School of Dental Medicine as a Doctor of Medical Sciences candidate and Periodontology resident. Susan has accepted a position as an associate dentist at a private practice in Monroe, WA beginning in August, and Belle is exploring dental opportunities within WA., Pooja Rajanbabu and Jennifer Liu are graduates of UW School of Public Health.
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Global Interns
Jennifer Liu

Our Intern Jennifer Liu Accepted to Epidemiology Fellowship in California

UW MPH graduate, Jennifer Liu, was recently selected for the California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) Fellowship Program for the 2020-2021 year. Cal-EIS is a unique program that provides one year of training in applied epidemiology for epidemiologists who have recently graduated from a Master’s degree program. Fellows have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects under the mentorship of a preceptor, either within the California Department of Public Health or within a local health department in the state.
Read more about Jennifer Liu’s Fellowship

Reshaping Oral Health After COVID-19

Life as we knew it has changed during the past few months, and it will never again be the same. The novel coronavirus seemed like a hypothetical risk when it arose in distant countries. Then the pandemic arrived in our back yard and began spreading here at great risk to public health. It is an invisible foe, highly contagious and significantly mortal. In the process of realizing the profound implications that a tiny virus has on our lives and freedom to move about in our communities, we are also confronted with the reality that dental education and dental practice will change forever.
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Dr. Gary Chiodo
Pooja Rajanbabu

Pooja Rajanbabu has been awarded a
NWCPHP grant

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) Student Collaborative Project Stipends are intended to help students defray living expenses during their hands-on public health training experience for public and nonprofit health organizations in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. These collaborative projects involve a faculty member and a student working in close collaboration to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities.
Read more about Pooja Rajanbabu’s NWCPHP grant

Inclusion of Oral Health in Universal
Health Coverage (UHC)

On September 23rd, the first United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on UHC took place in New York City to secure political commitment from countries on UHC. In the political declaration of the UN HLM, the representatives of States and Governments committed to, “strengthen[ing] efforts to address eye health conditions and oral health, as well as rare diseases and neglected tropical diseases, as part of universal health coverage.”
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Drs. Marco Alarcon and Tania Ariza (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia) and Drs. Ana Lucia Seminario and Kyle Kirk (UW) during a field trip in the Peruvian Amazon

Dr. Seminario appointed to Population Health Initiative Council

Dr. Seminario has been appointed to the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative Executive Council for 2019-2020. The Population Health Initiative was found in 2016 by University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce with the vision of creating “a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.”
Read more about the Population Health Initiative

Global Oral Health Awareness Breakfast

The UW Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health hosted its first ever Global Oral Health Awareness Fundraiser Breakfast on Aug 29th, 2019 at the UW Botanic Gardens. The Fundraiser Breakfast was an opportunity for the DeRouen Center to advocate for global oral health and to share the Center’s work with a diverse audience of students and professionals. This event was the kick-off of our yearlong #GlobalOralHealthAwareness campaign.
Read more about the Global Health Awareness Breakfast

Dr. Chiodo speaks at breakfast
DeRouen, UW Dentistry, HCA, DOH DSHS combination of logos

DeRouen Center is awarded the UW Morell Research Fund

Dr. Douglass L. Morell Research Fund is provided by the University of Washington School of Dentistry to support those biomedical and behavioral research activities for small-scale, short-term research projects, using mechanisms that allow rapid response to unanticipated needs and new opportunities.
Read more about the UW Morell Fund

SeaMar is a champion for refugees’ oral health

The world is facing one of the worst migration crises in recent history. At the end of 2018, 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. Within the United States of America, Washington State resettles the second largest number of refugees.
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Belle Chen

Belle Chen Receives “Academic Careers in Oral Health Fellowship” Award

Third year dental student Belle Chen has been selected to receive the Academic Careers in Oral Health Fellowship established by the University of Washington School of Dentistry. The fellowship is targeted toward students who have an interest in teaching. Belle’s winning project was titled Global Oral Health: Integration of an inter-disciplinary Global Health curriculum into the dental education.
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Harvard Dental School Partners with Center for Spring 2019 Course

The University of Washington (UW) spring elective course Global Oral Health (DENTEL 520A) has featured interactive lectures, guest speakers, and immersive team-based projects to teach students about global health inequities and the burden of oral disease worldwide.
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Dr. Brittany Seymour, DDS doing fieldwork in Costa Rica.
CHOMP Community Oral Health Officers Farhan Haret and Vincent Owiti with the DeRouen Center Program Manager at the Comprehensive Care Clinic in Nairobi, Kenya

Center Awarded NIDCR CFAR Supplement Grant for HIV Study

In May 2019, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Office of AIDS Research awarded the University of Washington (UW) Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health an administrative supplement grant to support the continuing research collaboration between the DeRouen Center, the UW Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the University of Nairobi (UoN). The supplement will be used to advance the ongoing pilot study Children’s HIV Oral Manifestations Project (CHOMP).
Read more about the NIDCR CFAR Supplement

Oral Health Under the Spotlight at UW Inter-CFAR Sub-Saharan Africa Symposium in Kenya

On February 1st and 2nd 2019, hundreds of researchers attended the Inter-CFAR Sub-Saharan Africa Symposium in Machakos County, Kenya. CFAR (the University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research) and the National Institutes of Health sponsored the Symposium.
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Prof. Scott McClelland (center), the Symposium organizer from UW CFAR, listens to a colleague during a group discussion.
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NIDCR supports UW School of Dentistry’s Global Oral Health Symposium

The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has awarded the Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health with a grant to support its first symposium in global oral health. The symposium takes place July 31 on the University of Washington campus.
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UW oral health center wins grant for Africa HIV research

The University of Washington’s Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health has received a grant to support research on African children and adolescents exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The center received a 2018 Regional Development Grant from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and will share it with IADR’s Nigeria division and East and Southern Africa divisions. The grant will be used to create a sustainable research site to support the AFRICA Project (Advocating For HIV Research In Children and Adolescents).
Read more about HIV research grant

Past Events

Integrating oral health into the pediatric HIV care continuum: Baseline data of oral and systemic inflammation

UW Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health + UW Global Health

Awarded by SunStar Preventive Award Kick Off Clinical Trial February 2019

InterACTION Labs: Piloting an interdisciplinary health program
with an informal settlement in the Peruvian Amazon

UW Landscape Architecture + UW Environment + UW Dentistry

Awarded by UW Population Health Initiative 2017

6th International Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Funded by Fogarty International Center – NIH – 2016

Calibration on Pediatric Oral Manifestations of HIV in Kenya

University of Nairobi – University of Washington

Awarded by Global Innovation Fund – 2015