Child in the Pediatric Clinic, Kornberg School of Dentistry

Project ENGAGE

What is Project ENGAGE?

Project ENGAGE (June 2014-June 2016) is a community oral health initiative powered by a partnership between Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, United Healthcare, United Health Foundation, Colgate Palmolive Company, and the state of Pennsylvania to deliver dental care to children in the North Philadelphia community. 

The Project coordinates the dental care of young children (0-5 years) who have not seen a dentist before the start of the project, children who have received dental care under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, and pregnant women. The Project will target United Healthcare beneficiaries who are residents in five zip codes surrounding the dental school. The project will operate in 19120, 19123, 19124, 19126, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19140, 19141 and 19144. 

Project ENGAGE deploys a team of Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs are health advocates who are trusted members of their community. The CHWs will be paired with families to assist them in finding a dental home, remove barriers to care, and provide education. The Project wll employ Local Community Navigators (LCNs) who are residents of the zipcodes covered by the Project who will assist n creatng awareness of the Project and services provided.  The Project will also employ a dentist who will visit participating families at home and within local collborative sites to provide fluoride varnish and additonal oral health education. Dentist serving Project ENGAGE families will be trained in state-of-science methods in caries detection, risk assessment, and management developed under the International Caries Classification and Management System (ICCMS). ICCMS is a comprehensive set of clinical protocols that address all diagnostic, preventive, and restorative decisions necessary to preserve tooth structure and restore only when indicated.

Project ENGAGE has also initiated an oral health registry that uses dental claims information and medical histories to identify children that are at greatest risk of developing disease, mainly tooth decay. The registry serves as the central data repository for the project and is managed by Quintiles - a leading provider of patient registries.


Along with the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Pediatric and Faculty Dental Practice the Project also engages in a partnership with five federally qualified health centers that provide dental care:


Project ENGAGE seeks to achieve outcomes similar to those defined by the National Dental Quality Alliance (NDQA) for children aged 0-5 years, and include: 1) Increasing access to dental services; 2) Providing appropriate prevention based on risk status and treatment of carious lesions, 3) Assisting patients to establish and maintain a dental home, and 4) Reducing overall cost by reduction of expensive dental treatment provided under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. 

Project ENGAGE also promotes:

  •   Disease free teeth and individuals
  •   Engagement in self-care and oral health
  •   Healthy behaviors

For additional information, please contact Project ENGAGE at 215-707-9962 or