2017-A Great Year for Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Seniors

2017 was a busy year for Phoenix College’s SADHA chapter, filled with advocacy, growth, and community service. Several SADHA students also had the opportunity to make it a year of adventures and discovery. Second year students Mary Haddock and Tori Barnett had the privilege to attend ADHA’s Annual Conference in Jacksonville through an essay contest, fundraised by Phoenix College’s SADHA. Second year student Jeanette Lalli attended the Impact Conference, which took place at the stunning Hyatt Dove Mountain in Marana. Both conferences allowed the students to ignite an enthusiasm and understanding of the need for student activism in ADHA. Since the summer conferences, Phoenix College students have attended the General Assembly, a MOLAR meeting, and CADHS meetings to further learning and growth, show support, and work alongside other admirable professionals in the industry. Students have had many eye-opening experiences and have acquired a respect and appreciation for all those who advocate for the dental hygiene profession. Phoenix College students hope to join those professionals on Capitol Day to show their support on March 1, 2018.

Community service and activism is a priority and passion for Phoenix College’s SADHA. A few events the students participated in 2017 were AZMOM, the ACT Fair, and a food drive through the Salvation Army. A few students from Kathy LaVoy’s Community Oral Health class were also featured on Channel 12 News providing information on oral cancer screenings (http://www.12news.com/news/health/screening-for-oral-cancer/483611152). Future events include the Oral Cancer Walk, the Phoenix Walk for Sjögren’s, and a SADHA fundraising carwash that will include oral cancer screenings.

The students of Phoenix College’s Dental Hygiene Program applaud everything the AZDHA has done for our future profession. Here’s to an amazing 2018. Happy New Year!

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