About the Center

The Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (CREEDD)

CREEDD is one of five national centers for oral health disparities research funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).


CREEDD’s mission is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information, with a focus on the elimination of oral health disparities


CREEDD was created in 2001 with joint funding from the NIDCR and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD; now the NIMHD).  CREEDD was awarded a second grant from the NIDCR in 2008.  This grant, totaling just over $14.5 million, will fund CREEDD from 2008 to 2015.

The Northeast Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (CREEDD), based at Boston University, is committed to the elimination of oral health disparities through research, training, and action.  Our efforts build on a strong foundation of early and continuous community engagement, community-based research interventions, integrated training and career development, broad dissemination of research findings, and targeted health policy initiatives.

The CREEDD continues its regional collaborations today with partnering institutions in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Ohio.  A diverse, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional team implements community-based intervention research projects aimed at reducing early childhood caries (ECC).   The Center is led by Drs. Raul Garcia and Michelle Henshaw.


The Center is supported by NIH/NIDCR grant U54 DE019275