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to Donate $500,000 in Support of
Established in 1878, the UT College
of Dentistry is the oldest dental school in the South and is part of the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
With more than 7,000 graduates, the UT College of Dentistry has educated
more than 75 percent of the dentists practicing in
BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST), a more than 60-year-old health insurance
provider that serves some 2 million Tennesseans, established its health foundation in 2003 to award grants for initiatives
that improve health for the state’s citizens.
The $500,000 grant comes to the
welcome the opportunity to support the UT College of Dentistry,” said Vicky
Gregg, president and CEO for BlueCross BlueShield of
In 2007, BCBST examined the prevalence of chronic health diseases and higher health costs among individuals who do not receive proper dental care. The study compared plan members in three categories: 1. members with evidence of preventive dental care, 2. members with no dental services, and 3. members with evidence of periodontal (gum) treatment. Study results confirmed increased instances of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, and hypertension among those without dental care, as well as higher health costs. Study data can be viewed at http://www.bcbst.com/about/news/reports-issues/blue-reports/2007/Healthy%20Mouth,%20Healthy%20Body%20(FV).pdf.
are grateful for this generous grant and will immediately put these funds to
good use,” said Timothy Hottel,
He added, “Our dental students’ performance on the National Board Dental Examination remains solid and should be touted. That’s why upgrading our clinic facilities is so important. We know that enhancing our students’ clinical experience will translate into more and better dentists for our region and increased access to advanced oral care.”
UT Dental Clinic is operated by third- and fourth-year dental students who are
completing the clinical phase of their studies.
They are closely supervised by experienced dental faculty, which
augments their academic curriculum with practical, hands-on patient care. The UT dental building is named for Winfield
C. Dunn, a former
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health
Foundation Inc. (THF) is a 501(c)(3) foundation organized to promote the
philanthropic mission of BCBST. THF
awards grants focused on high impact initiatives across the state that promote
healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all
flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences
to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the
citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of
education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a
broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in
This study quantifies the economic impact of the UTHSC on the economy of the state of Tennessee for FY2010.
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Memphis, TN 38163
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