RSC Dental Hygiene Students Conduct Inspirational Community Outreach Initiative Published March 5, 2024

Dental Hygiene

The dedicated Dental Hygiene students at Rose State College are proud to announce a heartwarming community outreach initiative aimed at promoting oral health education and providing support to those in need. Led by Kristen Pope, RSC esteemed community professor, the students embarked on a series of visits to Positive Tomorrows, a school dedicated to supporting families experiencing homelessness. 

On February 20th and 27th, our compassionate students took their knowledge and expertise beyond the classroom and into the community. They engaged with multiple classrooms at Positive Tomorrows, delivering essential oral hygiene instructions and interactive lesson plans that they meticulously prepared themselves. Through creative teaching methods and genuine care, the students empowered the children with the knowledge and skills necessary for maintaining good oral health. 

The outreach initiative exemplifies the commitment of Rose State's Dental Hygiene program to fostering compassionate healthcare professionals who understand the importance of community engagement. By reaching out to organizations like Positive Tomorrows, the students demonstrate their dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. 

When asked about the experience with Positive Tomorrows, RSC students expressed appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community. 

“Any place that provides you with a home and community- you never forget that or take having a home for granted again,” stated student Maison Ayers. 

Student Haley Denson said, “This is an amazing place with wonderful people who really care and love these children.” 

“Visiting this school was such a huge reminder of many things we should be grateful for and how easily we forget how blessed we are with the simplest necessities in our daily lives,” said student Kayla Ramirez. 

RSC’s Dental Hygiene Program also welcomes community members to its on-campus dental clinic located in the Allied Dental Education Building, offering discounted preventative dental services. Operated during spring and fall academic semesters, the clinic provides essential patient care experience for students while promoting accessible dental care. Patients undergo a $10 pre-screening, determining necessary procedures, with subsequent cleanings priced at $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 0-12), and complimentary for Rose State students, faculty, and staff, payable in cash or check. 

For more information about the Dental Hygiene program or to inquire about future community outreach initiatives, please visit Rose State College’s website. To make a dental screening appointment with Rose State’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, call 405-733-7336.