The American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) was created to promote and disseminate evidence-based health promotion practices to advanced education students in dental public health. The mission of AIDPH is, “Leading the advancement of dental public health through science and education.” Supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, AIDPH provides educational internships in academic leadership, internship in federal service, and focused public health service-learning experiences along the Texas-Mexico border region.
AIDPH, in partnership with the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), serves as a platform for the distribution of dental public health scholarship. Through the annual colloquium, attendees can apply dental public health concepts to real world situations. Key topics address dental public health informatics, health equity, cultural competency, diversity in the oral health workforce, and addressing the oral health needs of the underserved.
Along with the colloquium, a podcast series outlines career trajectories of noted dental public health scholars. A mentorship program guides recent graduates of advanced education programs into dental public health to career opportunities and supports the inclusion of underrepresented minorities into the profession. Through science and education, AIDPH seeks to cultivate a future dental workforce to understand the oral health needs of underserved populations.