Doing Well By Doing Good in Sacramento

Elk Grove Unified School District- Ann Wallis Community Award

Carrington College California Dental Hygiene program students, and one faculty member in particular, continue to demonstrate the ongoing commitment of our Sacramento campus to the dental health of their local community.

Ann Wallis, Dental Hygiene Instructor in Sacramento, was recently honored by Elk Grove Unified School District during their end of the year awards luncheon for her continued dedication to improving the dental health of local school children.

On March 21st this year Ann organized the latest ‘Healthy Start’ dental screening for the school district. Ann took 14 of our enthusiastic Dental Hygiene program students to Florin Elementary School in Sacramento, and during the course of a day they performed 500 dental screenings.

‘Healthy Start Assistance’ is a state-funded grant servicing four elementary schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District. It enables students and families to receive a comprehensive range of prevention oriented services that promote a healthy start for all children.

Brenda Kunz, RDH, MSET, Dental Hygiene Program Director, commented – “We are so proud of Ann and the students she mentors. Under her guidance our students become “change-agents” not only for our profession, but the communities they serve. The screening in March was just the latest demonstration of our commitment to “Doing Well by Doing Good” in our local community; Ann has worked with our Dental Hygiene students for more than 8 years on community dental health functions.”

Sacramento DH Students

Dental Hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who provide preventive, educational, and therapeutic dental services to their patients. Licensed Dental Hygienists may administer local anesthesia, observe oral abnormalities (such as oral cancer screening) and record patient issues, offer periodontal therapies like plaque or stain removal, take oral x-rays, apply fluoride and fissure sealants and more.

Visit the Dental Hygiene program page to learn more. Let us know about any community outreach events that you and your campus participate in by using the hashtag #actofcarrington