Dr. Marwaha's research interests include opioid-related prescribing knowledge, opinions and behaviors of endodontists and oral surgeons and the role of dentists in combatting the opioid epidemic in the United States. She is currently working on collaborative research projects focusing on addressing oral health disparities through Interprofessional Education (IPE) initiatives and provision of oral healthcare to older adults living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Agency: Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Title: Post-Doctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene
Active Period: 2020-2025
Primary Care Dentistry for South Texas (PCDST) Project will use innovative linking of primary care dental residency programs (AEGD, DPH and Pediatric Dentistry) at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry, to generate an increased number of culturally competent oral health providers who are cross-trained to manage oral health problems, evaluate systems of care, design surveillance systems to measure oral health status to address the oral health needs of children and adults and reduce oral health disparities. This award provides educational and experiential learning that promotes knowledge and skills in postdoctoral residents/trainees to serve underserved and vulnerable populations. This grant proposes to increase the number of postdoctoral trained dentists who choose to practice in rural and/or underserved areas and with vulnerable populations and use telehealth to connect, inform and advise patients/providers in rural areas.
Agency: Centers of Medicare Services (CMS)
Title: Comprehensive Oral Health Care and Facility Education Status
Active Period: 8/2019 - 7/2022
This $5.7 million grant from the Center for Medicare Services is to provide comprehensive oral healthcare services to nursing home residents in and around the San Antonio area. Oral health is integral to overall health and access to dental services is essential to promoting and maintaining that. Using state-of-the-art mobile dental offices, dental care will be provided in local nursing home facilities. In addition, the project will involve presenting oral health education to the facility’s residents, caregivers and staff by our dental students, residents and faculty.