Delta Dental of Tennessee building at UTHSC & Healthy Smiles Initiative

Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Dr. Peter Buckley, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, who highlights the new $45 million Delta Dental of Tennessee building on the Memphis campus of UTHSC and how the state-of-the-art facility will benefit The College of Dentistry and the community at large. As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of UTHSC is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health through education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region.

During the interview, Chancellor Buckley talks about UTHSC’s important role in the community and how The College of Dentistry at UTHSC, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health, is undertaking a $53 million project over the next five years to increase access to dentists and dental care across Tennessee, with a focus on the rural areas with the most need. Funded by the state and called the Healthy Smiles Initiative, the project is a multi-pronged approach to tackling the current shortage of dentists in Tennessee and improving health across the state by making dental care more readily available. Chancellor Buckley discusses the Healthy Smiles Initiative and how partners like Delta Dental of Tennessee are helping to power the GOOD. He also highlights the personal efforts of Dr. Phil Wenk, CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee, who is chair of the UTHSC Advisory Board and an alumnus of the UTHSC College of Dentistry, for his leadership, mentorship and commitment to improving the health of our community.

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