The Pacific Center for Special Care is an organization within the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry committed to improving the oral health of people with special needs and older adults on the local, state and federal level. It was founded in 1998 by Pacific faculty members Dr. Paul Glassman and Christine Miller, RDH. The center has created best-practice models of, and advocates for, improved access to dental care for anyone with a special need, including people who have difficulty maintaining good oral health or accessing oral health services because of developmental, medical, physical or social conditions.
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry also offers direct caregivers of people with disabilities and frail elders a training program, “Overcoming Obstacles to Oral Health”. These materials are designed to engage direct caregivers in maintaining oral health of people for whom they are caring. The training materials can be adapted to a variety of educational settings and structures and may be used in a pyramid training program where oral health professionals train facility managers, supervisors, directors, or training staff and they in turn train direct care staff.