Inclusive Oral Care
For Jeffrey Karp, a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, the lack of adequate dental care for those living with disabilities is unsurprising. Undergoing dental procedures can be challenging for those with disabilities, often requiring specialized care and general anesthesia to make the experience more comfortable. Karp helps run one of the only clinics in the region that provides care for those with disabilities, which means patients in need of these special services routinely have to travel hundreds of miles for dental care.
Listen to Jeffrey Karp discuss the financial and medical challenges he’s overcoming to care for people with disabilities on this recent segment of NPR’s Morning Edition.
As part of the Clinical Scholars program, Karp is working to identify and build a network of hospitals and clinics that are committed to providing specialized care and anesthesia for those with disabilities, despite the associated costs. Oral health care is one of the most common unmet special health care needs for children with disabilities. By connecting providers and clinics with patients who have disabilities, Karp and his teammates Mark DeRuiter, Ph.D., CCC-A, CCC-SLP, and Peter Scal MD, MPH, hope to increase access and provide more children with culturally sensitive dental care.
You can learn more about Karp’s work on his team’s project page at the Clinical Scholars website.