Joan Gluch: Faculty-Community Partnership Award

caption: Joan GluchThe Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships recently selected Joan Gluch and Philadelphia FIGHT as co-recipients of the third annual Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award. The winners will share $5,000 to further develop and expand projects that promote community oral health.

Dr. Gluch is associate dean for academic policies, and division chief and professor of clinical community oral health, at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine. She and her students have worked with Philadelphia FIGHT, a health services organization for people living with or at high risk for HIV/AIDS, since 2003, providing comprehensive dental health services, oral health education and community oral health assessments.

The award recognizes not only Dr. Gluch’s collaboration with Philadelphia FIGHT and a number of other community partners but also her work on academically based community service (ABCS) courses at Penn.