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UIC College of Dentistry Opens Pilsen Center for Oral Health Promotion

leadership and stakeholders in a bright modern space, next to a sign with a red ribbon and the name of the clinic

With a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 8, the UIC College of Dentistry formally inaugurated a new dental clinic at the UI Health Pilsen Family Health Center Lower West, on south Ashland Avenue. Named the Pilsen Center for Oral Health Promotion, the center will focus on improving health outcomes in the community through an educational model of disease prevention and minimally invasive management of existing conditions. At the ribbon cutting, UIC Chancellor Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda and Interim Dean of the College of Dentistry Dr. Susan Rowan were joined by Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya, U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and the Oral Health Forum’s Dr. Alejandra Valencia.

“Working with families to help them understand what leads to oral disease, and what roles they and we can play to prevent or manage disease can be instrumental in improving oral health,” said Dr. Rowan. “The team has embraced the college’s vision of better oral health through transformative innovation with the establishment of the innovative curriculum and contribution to community health.”