The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is committed to helping patients receive the care and help they need.

Patient Representatives

  • All patient representative services are free and confidential.
  • Patient representatives at the College of Dentistry advocate for patient-centered care, clear communication about treatment, and a welcoming environment at the college. They assist with patient concerns and questions about dental care and help resolve issues, acting as a liaison between patients and family members and the dental team. To contact a patient representative, email or call 319-335-6579.  You may also ask a dental provider or staff member to contact the patient representative office for you.  

Social Workers

The College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics social workers helps patients and families overcome barriers to dental care. Common barriers addressed include:

  • Transportation to dental appointments.
  • Financial assistance for dental treatment.
  • Legal guardianship and informed consent.
  • Interpretation services.
  • Veteran resources for dental care.

If you have questions or would like assistance with resources, a social worker may be reached at 319-335-6579 (call and follow the prompts to reach the social worker).

Food Assistance


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be used to buy groceries at supermarkets, grocery stores, and some Farmers Markets. You may qualify for SNAP if you meet income guidelines.


Women, Infants, and Children under 5 provides healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health care agencies.

Emergency Food Assistance

Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides free meals and food. For more information and locations dial 211 or go to your local food pantry.

Spend Smart. Eat Smart

The Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website provides ideas on how to plan, shop, and cook to get the most out of your food dollars.

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is based in Iowa City, IA and provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis.


Dental Wellness Plan

Veteran Resources

The College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics appreciates the opportunity to serve veterans. Some resources for veterans are included below:

Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP)

The VA has dental insurance plans available for purchase.

Everyone for Veterans Program

Everyone for Veterans provided dental and health care for low-income combat veterans. The program includes free dental services from participating dentists, including the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics.

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Patients receive discounted rates, approximately half the cost of treatment at a private practice, at Iowa's student dental clinics. Care is supervised by faculty dentists at the college.