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Young Kenyans learning about oral health

Kenya Outreach

Janelle Cooper, a fourth-year dental student, shares her experience in the Kenya Summer Research Program (KSRP) this past summer and in 2013 as part of an interprofessional collaboration among U-M students and faculty in dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

Dr. Yvonne Kapila, a professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and the director of the school’s Global Oral Health Initiative, was recognized by the U-M Council on Global Engagement for enhancing the education of dental students by offering international experiences in oral health care.

The Global Oral Health Initiative program at the School of Dentistry recently hosted 11 visitors from Brazil, Mexico, Ghana and Saudi Arabia as a part of the United Nations event in November. During their 10-day visit, 10 students and one professor talked to U-M students, faculty and staff about oral health conditions in their country and shared insights into current oral health practices and standards.