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IFLOSS Coalition recognizes two dental hygienists for oral health advocacy.

Two dental hygienists received awards from the IFLOSS Coalition, which is dedicated to improving the oral health of Illinois residents, at its conference on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Jennifer Sherry, RDH, MSEd, and Julie Janssen, RDH, MA, were honored as Oral Health Champions. The awards acknowledge a colleague's efforts within the profession and within oral health.

Sherry is faculty member in the dental hygiene program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She is also the President of the Southern Illinois Dental Hygienists' Society (SIDHS) and the local component (#12) of the Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association. Sherry organized "Give Adults a Smile Day" on July 22, 2011, in partnership with SIUC and SIDHS. Seventeen local dental hygienists, a dentist, and a dental hygiene student volunteered their time and saw over 50 adult patients. The event is modeled after the "Give Kids a Smile Day" in which many dental hygienists participate during National Children's Dental Health Month in February; it served as a pilot partnership program between an educational institution and a professional organization. Many adults go without dental care, though programs for children's dental care are growing. Preventive oral health services are not covered by Medicaid and are expensive for those who are under or uninsured. Sherry was responsible for organizing and planning the event, and involved in every aspect, including discussions with SIUC's risk management staff, preparing supplies, soliciting volunteers and writing thank you notes.

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Janssen is a public service administrator in the Division of Oral Health for the Illinois Department of Public Health. She has been the acting dental director for the state of Illinois for the past five years without the title, and is one of the founding members of the IFLOSS Coalition. Janssen has been actively involved in leadership positions even from the time she was a student, and has pursued advanced degrees in community health administration, as well as certification for community dental health. The Oral Health Champion award recognizes her dedicated service to public health and represents a token of appreciation for being a tireless oral health advocate. During the conference, keynote speaker Rear Admiral William Bailey, DDS, MPH, chief dental officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, awarded Janssen with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services service medal for significant contributions to dental public health.

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In return for Sherry's and Janssen's membership and hard work, ADHA congratulates both award recipients and thanks them for their dedicated service to their communities.

Source: ADHA Update

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