Two Senior Students Receive Major Award for Dental Public Health Research

Kornberg Seniors win APHA Award

Congratulations are in order for two Kornberg seniors! Anna Vishnevetsky and Jennifer Mirman, both members of the class of 2017, were recently notified by the American Public Health Association (APHA) Oral Health Section that they have been selected as the recipients of the 2016 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre-Professional Award. This award, which is sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, was established in 2006 in memory of the late Dr. Anthony Westwater Jong and in recognition of his commitment to community-based dental public health, his strong and highly acclaimed mentoring of students, and his emphasis on the importance of state, local and community based public health action.

Dr. Vinodh Bhoopathi, BDS, MPH, DScD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Sciences, their mentor, expressed pride in his students’ accomplishment, noting that the award not only recognizes Jennifer’s and Anna’s great work, but also draws attention to the importance of studying oral health issues from a public health perspective.

 As Jennifer and Anna write, this award “recognizes an outstanding project conducted by dental or dental hygiene students with a strong dental public health focus. We are the recipients of this award for our project titled Support for Community Water Fluoridation and Integrating Advocacy Training in Dental Curriculum: Pediatric Dentists Perspectives." They will travel to the APHA Annual Meeting later this fall, where they will present their study and accept their award. 

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