Carestream Dental contributed digital dentistry technology to the university and has committed to using the college's talent to fill internships in various departments.
Carestream Dental has announced a new partnership with Howard University to provide digital solutions to the university’s College of Dentistry. The intent of the partnership is to give students the resources they’ll need to deliver excellent care once they start practicing. The in-kind gift is valued at $430,000.
Students at Howard’s College of Dentistry will be able to start training on technology from Carestream Dental—allowing them to experience first-hand how digital dentistry makes treatment more approachable.
“When we partner with universities, we know we’re investing in the future of the industry,” said Lisa Ashby, CEO, Carestream Dental. “But this partnership with Howard is different. This is more than an investment in the future of dentistry, it’s an investment in young, diverse talent—both doctors and STEM students—and supporting Howard’s mission in improving access for underserved populations. There’s no better return on investment than that.”
Carestream is also adding support to Howard University Hospital’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Post-Doctorate program and General Dentistry Practice Residency program. The hospital’s dental department will be equipped with new 3D cone beam CT units, which allows the department state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment imaging.
The company also plans to source Howard’s business and technical talent through internships in a variety of departments. There are also plans to include the university’s students, alumni, and professors in advancing product innovation, and both organizations plan to share speakers across a variety of disciplines.
“We are excited about our partnership with Carestream Dental and we are thankful for their generous contribution of this advanced digital technology,” said Andrea D. Jackson, dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry. “The partnership is a great opportunity for our students and will be for years to come.”
Howard’s College of Dentistry is recognized as the 5th oldest dental school in the US and graduates about 75 students per year.
“Howard University’s leadership team, especially its president, Dr. Wayne Fredrick, made this partnership a natural fit,” Ashby said. “I admire Dr. Frederick’s commitment to changing the underrepresentation of African Americans in healthcare, and—as one of the few women running a multi-national medical device and software company—his passion regarding gender equality also resonates deeply.”