Texas Recruits and Retains Program

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Texas Recruits & Retains Program: Improving Public Health Knowledge through Social Determinants of Health Research

Program Overview
The Texas Recruits & Retains (TRR) program is a HRSA-funded program whose objectives include training and enhancing the dental public health workforce. These four dental students were funded through TRR and conducted summer research projects.


  • Ryan Allo, D4

  • Andrea Carrizales, D1

  • Jordan Chen, D1

  • Ayoung Jo, D1

Goals for student research projects
Texas is faced with a myriad of social determinants of health that today’s dentists are expected to address. The students were provided with social determinant of health (SDH) research topics that they used to create the research question, conduct a literature review, collect and analyze data, and report results.

Social Determinants of Health
The World Health Organization states that “SDH are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries”. 

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