The Center to Address Disparities in Oral Health at UCSF forms part of the Early Childhood Caries Collaborative Centers (EC4) along with the Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (CREEDD) at Boston University and the Center for Native Oral Health Research (CNOHR) at the University of Colorado at Denver.​

The EC4 collaborative researches ways to prevent early childhood tooth decay or caries in high risk populations ​through multiple, randomized prevention trials.​

It is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tapped UCSF to house the data coordinating center (DCC) for the EC4 Collaborative.


For Researchers



For Further Study

UCSF Dental Public Health (DPH) seminar series

​Continuing education credit for the university community and an opportunity for the general public to learn more about many of the issues that occupy CAN DO and its EC4 partners such as access to care, quality of care, preventive dentistry, dental health services research, outcomes research, evidence-based research. ​Individuals may attend in person or via telephone/internet. ​​

Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program  ​​

For first-time UCSF dental school applicants who believe they need additional preparation or for previously unsuccessful applicants. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, underserved communities, and groups traditionally underrepresented in the dental profession are especially encouraged to ​apply to this year-long program.​​

Health & Safety in the Child Care Setting​ ​

​A curriculum for health professionals and child care providers developed in 2005 by the California Childcare Health Program, a project of the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at UCSF's School of Nursing.


For Patients

San Francisco Department of Public Health Dental Services

San Francisco Department of Public Health Clinics & Centers

San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP)

Native American Health Center

UCSF Dental Clinics & Centers

First Smiles