Our Advocacy


Dr. John Blake, our Executive/Dental Director, has been a staunch advocate for critical improvements to the Denti-Cal system.

Medi-Cal Dental gains are measurable for dentists and patients. California Dental Association, 2022

Children’s Dental Health Clinic meets gap in dental care for underserved youth. Long Beach Post, 2022

Caries identification, management, and prevention in a unique model program: a report.  CDA Journal, 2019

In California, saving teeth and money, one mouth at a time. CALMatters, 2018

California’s dental safety net fails most clients, report says. NPR 2016

Fixing Denti-Cal. State of California Little Hoover Commission, 2016

For poor kids, fewer dentists, but a pilot program offers hope. KPCC 2014



Our Premier Training


Our collaboration with the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry Pediatric Dental Residency Program is 35-years strong. Our team of full-time Pediatric Dental Residents provide preventative and therapeutic treatments, including all levels of sedation, both in our main clinic and the Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital operating rooms. On-call 24/7 for oral health emergencies, our amazing Residents also serve on the Hospital’s integrated hematology, oncology, and cleft palate teams.  We train four USC Residents annually.

The CDHC is a clinical training site for several Allied Health professional training programs, notably, through our strong partnerships with Cerritos College and West Coast University. Each year, more than 130 future Registered Dental Hygienists and Registered Dental Assistants work closely with our clinical teams to gain technologically advanced skills and exposure to unique challenges encountered in not-for-profit dentistry.

In 2022 we launched our newest collaboration with the California State University, Long Beach Department of Health Care Administration. With a shared goal of improving care delivery inside the Medi-Cal environment, the CDHC serves as an off-campus academic learning site for second year Master’s students who focus on applied health equity research.




Our Professional Associations


Our team is passionate about our work and we are committed to professional service. We participate on committees in multiple professional associations in order to advocate for our patients and incorporate the latest practice improvements into our clinic.