Students Shine at Hispanic Dental Association Meeting

Students in the School of Dental Medicine’s chapter of the Student National Dental Association/ Hispanic Student Dental Association (SNDA/HSDA) recently participated in the 2024 Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Annual Meeting and Conference in New York. At the meeting, students won awards and scholarships, presented research, and participated in a social media challenge hosted by the HDA.

“The Hispanic Dental Association has several programs to help support students throughout their dental education and advance their mission of providing service, education/research, advocacy and leadership as they promote overall health of the Hispanic/LatinX and underrepresented communities, ” said faculty advisor and associate dean for students Dr. Sarita Arteaga. “Some of these include scholarships provided through the H.D.A. Foundation, the Nuestros Ninos challenge to address oral health care issues in the pediatric population and opportunities to present research to the membership community. I am proud to see our students participating and representing the UConn School of Dental Medicine in addition to being recognized for their efforts.”

Desirae Lee, a second-year student, won second prize for her case study Enhancing Oral Health Outcomes in Hispanic Pediatric Populations: A case study on Integrative Dental Care for a Medicaid-Enrolled Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder during the HDA’s Nuestros Niños contest. Nuestros Niños, a program hosted by Colgate and the HDA, addresses oral health care issues for Hispanic children less than 18 years of age.

Source: Students Shine at Hispanic Dental Association Meeting / UConn Today

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