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Amy Susanne Blake

Scholarship Type: 
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

“My goals are to increase access to dental services, including more comprehensive services such as removable and fixed prostheses, and to improve dental education in the communities I serve,” Blake said in her application. “Looking forward, my next educational goal beyond dental school will be to obtain a master's degree in public health. I eventually plan to become a community clinic director. I envision starting a mobile dental unit that would serve as an adjunct to the brick and mortar clinic in order to reach patients who have difficulty receiving dental work in a traditional setting. Groups I would like to target are the frail elderly, the working poor who cannot afford to take time off work to receive dental care, and people in rural communities. Other goals for the mobile unit would be to make regular rotations to provide continuity of care, and to provide regular education sessions in the community. Eventually, I would like to get involved with health care policy in order to increase funding and improve the systems of dental care provision so that long-lasting changes can be made for a great number of people. I am so excited to be embarking on this career! I look forward to helping my fellow Americans live healthier lives under a more equitable system of health care provision.”