Dentists who pledge to help underserved get loan repayments, thanks to CDA Foundation

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Dentists who pledge to help underserved get loan repayments, thanks to CDA Foundation

Dentists dedicated to public health receive loan repayment grants. (Photo:
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Dental Tribune USA

Tue. 3 March 2015


SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: The California Dental Association Foundation recently awarded Aisha Amin, DMD, with its Student Loan Repayment Grant and selected Allyson Park, DDS, to receive its Webb Family Grant. In exchange for a commitment to practice in an underserved community, Amin will receive up to $105,000 over three years toward repayment of student loans and Park will receive $5,000.

With a mission to improve the oral health of all Californians by supporting the dental profession in its efforts to meet community needs, the CDA Foundation offers its Student Loan Repayment and Webb Family Grant programs to allow dentists the opportunity to work in public health.

Amin is a 2013 graduate of A.T. Still University, School of Health Management, who said she can relate to those in underserved communities and makes it her personal objective to help improve their well-being.

“I choose to work with an underserved faction of society because I can wholeheartedly identify myself with the patient population,” said Amin, who now practices at the Family HealthCare Network in Woodlake. “As a health care provider, I challenge myself to go above and beyond the call of duty to display compassion and provide quality care to patients.”

The Student Loan Repayment Grant program provides tremendous impact across the state — lessening the burden of student loan debt so that new dentists like Amin can embrace a dream to work in public health or in an underserved community.

“With support from our donors, the CDA Foundation works passionately to provide care for those in need, and with the Student Loan Repayment Grant, Dr. Amin will help extend our reach,” said CDA Foundation Chair Don Rollofson, DMD.

Since 2002, the Student Loan Repayment Grant program has placed 14 dentists (Amin is the 15th) into community clinics where they've helped more than 72,000 patients and provided nearly $18 million in care for individuals who experience barriers to care. And, almost all of those dentists have remained not only in public health but in the communities where they first served.

The Webb Family Grant is a new grant established by Russ Webb, DDS, and his wife Kathi, CDA Foundation founding contributors with a commitment to giving back.

(Source: California Dental Association)


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