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  • Dixie State University’s Dental Hygiene Outreach Program Receives $2,500 Grant from SelectHealth
    by Steve Johnson
    Published - 05/07/13 - 02:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    DSU’s Dental Hygiene Outreach Program receiving a ceremonial check as part of SelectHealth’s 2013 “Select 25” award presentation. Photo courtesy of SelectHealth.
    DSU’s Dental Hygiene Outreach Program receiving a ceremonial check as part of SelectHealth’s 2013 “Select 25” award presentation. Photo courtesy of SelectHealth.
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – Dixie State University’s Dental Hygiene Outreach Program has been selected as one of 25 Utah non-profit organizations honored by SelectHealth in recognition of the program’s continued community service efforts in making Utah a healthier place to live. DSU dental hygiene program director and assistant professor Patricia Wintch was presented with a $2,500 grant award by SelectHealth this past May 1, to further the Outreach Program’s mission of providing dental hygiene services to the uninsured and underserved population of Washington and Kane Counties.

    DSU’s Dental Hygiene Outreach Program, which provides such services as x-rays, cleanings, fluoride, sealants and oral hygiene education, was one of 25 “Select 25” 2013 award recipients chosen from more than 300 applicants statewide. The funding will be utilized in services performed in Dixie State’s Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic. The clinic is used to reach transportation-limited populations of southwestern Utah, including visits to qualifying elementary school children, the Paiute reservation, rest homes, and various community health centers.

    “The Dixie dental hygiene program is so grateful to SelectHealth for this generous award,” Wintch said. “We do a lot of service learning here. It’s been an important service in the community.”

    The “Select 25” award was created in 2008 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SelectHealth. Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee of administrators from SelectHealth and Intermountain Healthcare, and representatives from the nonprofit community. This is the second time DSU’s dental hygiene program has been selected for the award, having been honored as part of the 2008 inaugural “Select 25” award recipient class.

    In November of 2006, Dixie State’s dental hygiene program christened its new Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic, which along with the Dr. Mervyn and Sue Cox Dental Hygiene Clinic, located at the DSU Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, serves as the centerpiece of the outreach program. The mobile clinic, which has four operatories on board, was made possible through over $400,000 in private donations. Three months following the unveiling of the mobile clinic, Dixie State was granted approval by the Utah State Board of Regents to elevate the dental hygiene program into the institution’s then-eighth baccalaureate degree offering.

    For more information on Dixie State University’s Dental Hygiene program and the Dental Hygiene Outreach Program, contact program coordinator Patricia Wintch at 435-879-4904 or at wintch@dixie.edu.

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