Take a Look Inside Columbia's New Mobile Clinic for Community Dental Care

On November 12, community and Columbia leaders met on the Manhattanville campus in West Harlem to celebrate the debut of the Mobile Dental Center.

Kelly Moffitt
November 15, 2021

On Nov. 12, officials and community leaders joined leaders from Columbia University at its Manhattanville campus in West Harlem to celebrate the debut of the new Mobile Dental Center operated by Columbia’s College of Dental Medicine.

The mobile dentistry program will deliver health screenings and low-cost dental care to residents of Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

The new Mobile Dental Center, easily noticeable in bright blue, replaces and improves upon the school’s previous mobile clinic, now decommissioned. CDM purchased the new vehicle with a grant from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation; the funds are among more than $70 million that the foundation has donated since 2011 to projects that advance access to oral health care. You can learn more about the history of the van and the services it will provide here

Community organizations get in touch with the Community DentCare program to discuss dental services. Below, take a look inside the Mobile Dental Center. 

The exterior of the mobile dental clinic.
A College of DEntal MEdicine computer in the mobile dental van.
A father and son high five in the mobile dental van.
A look at the interior of the dental van
A dental procedure is undertaken in the mobile dental van.
Another interior view of the dental van.
A happy smiling customer in the dental van.

Photographs show simulated patient care; procedures done on the mobile clinic include the use of chair barriers and strict infection control protocols.