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Dr. BrooksDr. Ernestine Brooks, director of student development at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, recently received a nearly $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the college’s Bridge to Dentistry program.

The funds will allow additional students to participate in the college’s Summer Predental Enrichment Program. A portion of the grant will help fund the educational programs coordinator position, which oversees all pre-college components of Bridge to Dentistry.

“The RWJF funds will allow us to continue all components of Bridge to Dentistry and, therefore, offer dental career awareness and academic enrichment opportunities to pre-kindergarten students through college graduates,” says Brooks.

HSC-BCD is one of eight dental schools selected to receive funding to help improve diversity among the student body or increase access to dental care in underserved areas through community-based education.

The RWJF focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.