The Center to Address Disparities in Oral Health (CAN DO) is a multidisciplinary, multi-project research Center designed around a community-based approach for the purpose of promoting the idea that oral health is the gateway to overall health and well-being.


CAN DO ​proposes to eliminate health disparities among low-income individuals and communities through sound research, evidence-based practices, and policy changes aimed at improving the health and well-being of the general public. While CAN DO's primary focus is preventing tooth decay or early childhood caries (ECC) in young children, ​CAN DO also studies ways to improve the dental health of groups that have historically had worse oral health.

Research conducted by CAN DO is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health under award number U54DE019285. To read more about these projects, click here.

Dr. Stuart Gansky (MS, DrPH) of UCSF's School of Dentistry serves as the director of CAN DO.