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Dental Hygiene research projects win national awards

From left: Chelsea Holladay; Francis Kim, president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry; and Lorene Kline.

Chelsea Holladay with her research poster at the national conference.

Lorene Kline with her research poster at the national conference.

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 26, 2017 -– A student and lecturer in the Dental Hygiene program at the School of Dentistry have won awards from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry at the National Oral Health Conference this week.

Chelsea Holladay, a student in the on-campus Degree Completion Program, won first place in the Dental Hygiene Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry, baccalaureate degree category. Her research, which she presented with a poster at the conference, focused on “Assessment of Michigan Dentists’ and Dental Hygienists’ Perceptions Toward Obtaining Continuing Education Credits for Volunteering In Community-Based Clinics.”  She received a $500 award.

Lorene Kline, a lecturer in the Dental Hygiene program and 2016 MSDH graduate, was awarded Honorable Mention for the Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health. Kline’s research and poster presentation was, “No Cost Dental Care in Exchange for Community Service Hours: Participating Patients’ and Dentists’ Responses.”

Anne Gwozdek, who retired last year from the Dental Hygiene faculty, was the research advisor for the Holladay project. She also served on the Kline thesis committee along with Dr. Marita Ingelhart and Dr. Mike Manz.

The National Oral Health Conference, held in Albuquerque, N.M., is a joint meeting of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.

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The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at: www.dent.umich.edu.
 
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