Micaela Gibbs, D.D.S., M.H.A., was recently awarded a five-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant of $1.27 million to fund a special program focused on increasing the delivery of oral health care to underserved individuals in Florida, with an emphasis on care for people with special needs.
Gibbs is a clinical associate professor in community dentistry and behavioral science and is the director of Community Based Programs. Her project, “Impacting the delivery of oral health care to individuals with special needs through education and recruitment of dental faculty in University of Florida College of Dentistry partnership sites,” will help fund supportive faculty development programs. It will also provide loan repayment funding to individuals who work within, or plan to, the UF Statewide Network for Community Oral Health. The network is comprised of community health facilities that are committed to improving the delivery of oral care to the vulnerable population.