The Center for Oral Disease Prevention and Population Health Research (COPPR) often works closely with the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health to support activities related to its mission. Additionally, COPPR has several Anschutz Medical Campus collaborations, along with community engagements.


These include:

COAST-IT - Connecting Older Adults and Students Through Interprofessional Telecare. Pairs older adults who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation with a CU Anschutz health professional student for weekly conversations.

CU Multidisciplinary Center on Aging  - In collaboration with the School of Dental Medicine and the Center on Aging, a webinar series was developed for community-living older adults focusing on Oral Health. Four presentations covering various aspects of oral health were produced in Fall 2021.

Head Start - Dental students provided Head Start children with oral health education, screenings, fluoride varnish and referral, as needed. Dental students provided education, oral screenings, and fluoride varnish to adults in refugee/immigrant residential housing. Dental students, along with medical and pharmacy students, took part in a health fair night at New America School. This event was for the local community.

COPPR Connects

Learning modules and webinars to come.
COPPR Connects


In April 2022, dental students will provide oral health education to an afterschool program at Grace Apartments. Grace Apartments, part of Mercy Housing, is family housing comprised of refugees and immigrants, primarily from southeast Asian countries like Bhutan, Nepal, and Burma.
In June 2022, dental students will provide dental screenings at the Health, Resource, and Job fair presented by The Fax Partnership. The Fax connects Colfax area residents to services that help to reduce housing costs, improve financial well-being, and ultimately prevent involuntary displacement.