The Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities employs and seeks to enhance well-established community mechanisms--public health departments, WICs, community health centers, and medical departments--in its core approach to research and dissemination. The strengths of the Center include leadership, institutional commitment, depth and multidisciplinary nature of center investigators, depth of experience, and extensive community ties.
The Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities was created by joint grants from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) as one of five national Centers to Reduce Oral Health Disparities. The creation of these centers--the single largest expenditure in the history of the NIDCR--represents a firm commitment to reducing disparities in oral health across the nation.
Other current Centers are located at the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Florida; Boston University; and University of Colorado.