University of Southern Indiana

Dental Hygiene Service Project

In February 2021, 23 USI Dental Hygiene students volunteered at the Tri-State Food Bank as part of their research of the impact of homelessness on oral public health.

Lorie Coan, Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene, and Mandy Reddington, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene, supervised two groups as they explored the meaning of food insecurity and learned that as a result of COVID-19, community needs are greater now than ever before. The students sorted multiple barrels of food items for distribution to local area shelters and prepared meal boxes for older adults and food bags for school children.

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