Providing Dental Care to the Homeless
A success story
Kelly L. Anderson, RDH, MHS
Featuring the clinical work of Kelly L. Anderson, RDH, MHS*, as well as Barbara M Gonzalez and Kelsey Stevens
Homelessness continues to be one of our nation's greatest tragedies, and the homeless population's inability to access reliable healthcare significantly affects their ability to improve their health and secure more permanent means of employment and living arrangements. This investigation followed a group of 15 homeless patients who were provided oral healthcare in order to track their ability to subsequently secure work and continued success.
*Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Hygiene, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
Upon completing this podcast, the listener should:
- See how proper dental care can greatly enhance the quality of life of those who do not regularly recieve it
- Understand and become familiar with volunteerism in dentistry
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