The Health for Haiti dental and health teams spend long hours in Haiti working in the clinics because they want to share their skills and talents and serve as many people as possible. Health for Haiti is so incredibly proud of the tremendous effort and amazing service that our dental hygiene team provided in Haiti this past January. And now, they are receiving national recognition for their hard work and service!
Professor Hankin reports that the SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene club will receive the 2019 American Dental Hygiene Association’s (ADHA) Student Member Community Service Award for their work in Haiti. The Health for Haiti School-based Dental Sealant program was overseen by Professor Maureen Hankin. The students provided the same outstanding and high quality dental hygiene services that they provide in our state-of- the-art dental hygiene clinic at SUNY Broome Community College.
They provided this quality care and education with over $67,576 of donated dental hygiene services to over 200 children in Haiti. All of the 216 children received an exam, oral hygiene instructions, dental sealants and a fluoride varnish. The students applied over 1,750 dental sealants to children’s permanent teeth. They also utilized silver diamine fluoride to arrest severe decay on permanent teeth that needed restorative treatment where access to care is limited.
SUNY Broome was chosen out of 335 student chapters throughout the United States. The award includes a $3,000 cash award, an engraved award, and recognition in Access Magazine, ADHA’s official publication. The monetary award will be utilized for future Health for Haiti oral care efforts. The award will be presented at the ADHA Annual Conference on June 22, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Congratulations, Dental Hygiene Team!!!!!