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Taking CARE of Barriers: How Social Work Impacts Dental Education

Dental education institutions treat diverse populations of people, each with a spectrum of potential barriers to care. Social work is an integral part of the person-centered care team. The benefits of social work’s presence in dental institutions are multifaceted, such as curriculum, clinical, quality improvement and interprofessionalism.

Webinar participants will consider and compile a list of barriers to care for patients at their respective institutions, along with the administrative barriers to adding or expanding social work’s presence. Attendees will also consider the value added by social work’s presence, as well as who they will contact to create the best fit for their institutions. Case studies will illustrate how providers, students and staff can “think like a social worker” as they work with patients and families to overcome barriers, resulting in well-rounded providers and successful oral health outcomes for patients—both within dental schools and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the barriers to care most common for patients at your institution, along with administrative barriers.
  • Identify how social work’s presence could be added to, or expanded within, your institution. 
  • Identify key players for adding or expanding social work’s presence, including both internal and external partners. 
CE Information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Nov. 12, 2023. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.