Service its own reward, as they old saying goes, and it is undoubtedly true. But we at ASF can’t help but feel proud when our Fellows and Fellows for Life are recognized for their hard work and dedication to service in the midst of the demands of their graduate studies.
With that said, we extend hearty congratulations to Chicago Fellow Nisha Garg and Bay Area Fellow for Life Jean Marie Calvo (2014-2015), who were the first and second place winners, respectively, of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s (AAPHD) Predoctoral Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry. The awards recognize students in dental or dental hygiene schools in the U.S. and Canada for service work or projects they have done in their communities. They were given at the National Oral Health Conference, which this year took place in Cincinnati in April.
Garg and was recognized for her Fellowship Project, in which she does oral health outreach and education with Chicago area veterans―conducting seminars in which she provides information on how to properly maintain oral hygiene and explains how oral health directly affects the health of one’s entire body. Additionally, in March, Garg initiated a Veteran’s Screening Day at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, where she is a student. You can read more about the screening day, which was hugely successful, and Garg’s Fellowship project in this article by UIC Dental News Center.
Jean, a student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was honored for her oral health education and screening work with seniors living in the San Francisco Bay Area, which she began as a Schweitzer Fellow―holding oral health classes and screenings at the Emeryville Senior Center, and assisting with enrollment in California’s new dental insurance program.
Congratulations on these well-earned awards, Nisha and Jean. Thank you for your service!