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Dr. Louis W. Sullivan featured in The New York Times

Opinion-Editorial: Dental insurance but no dentists


New York, NY (April 8, 2012)

The Sullivan Alliance and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have been working together to increase the diversity of the health professions workforce. Their most recent collaboration began in May 2011 with a project that addresses the lack of minorities within the dental and oral health workforce.

Although 1 in 3 Americans is a member of an ethnic or group, only 7% of dentists are underrepresented minorities.

Furthermore, preventable tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, yet nearly 17 million children go without dental care each year. Tooth decay is twice as common among children from low-income families as those from higher socioeconomic groups.

These startling statistics compelled Dr. Louis W. Sullivan to write an opinion-editorial (op-ed) that The New York Times published in April 2012. Dr. Sullivan's op-ed discussed how essential it is to train new dentists, and develop new models of care that can both increase the number of children and families who receive dental care and offer career pathways for children of color to enter the dental career pipeline.