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ULM’s Dental Hygiene program receives $20K grant

The ULM Dental Hygiene program served 2,452 patients in 2018.

Published January 3, 2019

The University of Louisiana Monroe’s Dental Hygiene Program, under the direction of Associate Professor Sharon Chaney, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental Insurance Company.

University of Louisiana Monroe Dental Hygiene students working with patients at the ULM Dental Hygiene Clinic on campus. Delta Dental Community Care Foundation awarded $20,000 to the program. Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

These funds will be used for each ULM Dental Hygiene Clinic for patient treatment equipment to provide efficient oral hygiene care to Northeast Louisiana residents while providing optimum dental hygiene education to the ULM students.
ULM has three dental hygiene clinics: Riser Elementary School-based dental hygiene clinic in West Monroe, a mobile dental hygiene unit, and the ULM Dental Hygiene Clinic in Caldwell Hall on campus. In 2018, ULM Dental Hygiene clinics served 2,452 patients.
The satellite clinic at Riser School has been very successful in providing treatment to children who may not have access to dental care. Operation of the mobile dental hygiene unit provides dental hygiene care to patients at various remote underserved areas in Ouachita, Richland, Morehouse, East Carroll, and Caldwell parishes. 
ULM Dental Hygiene students rotate through each clinic to provide exams, x-rays, oral hygiene education, therapeutic treatments, sealants, nutritional counseling and fluoride treatments. Students are able to provide dental hygiene care to diverse patients at various remote clinical sites. 
Each clinic is making a positive difference in quality dental hygiene care for the patients. 

In 2018, the eULM Bachelor of Science Degree Completion in Dental Hygiene (AAS to BS) was ranked one of the Top 10 programs in the nation by SR Education Group. eULM’s program was the only program in the state which was recognized. The online program is administered by Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene Jordan Anderson, RDH, BS, MDH.

Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene, Jordan Anderson, examines a patient in the ULM Dental Hygiene Clinic located on the ULM Campus.  Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services