SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene students and Professor Maureen Hankin in Haiti
SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene students and Professor Maureen Hankin in Haiti

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. 

SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene students at work in Haiti
SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene students at 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.  They provided this quality care and education with more than $67,576 of donated dental hygiene services to more than 200 children in Haiti.

All of the 216 children received an exam, oral hygiene instructions, dental sealants and a fluoride varnish. The students applied more than 1,750 dental sealants to children’s permanent teeth. They also used 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 prize includes $3,000 cash, an engraved award and recognition in Access Magazine, ADHA’s official publication. The monetary award will be used 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.

The SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene education team in Haiti
The SUNY Broome Dental Hygiene education team in Haiti