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April 2018 

James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine and the DPOH knock it out of the park in oral health with the Riverdogs

Group photo of DPOH staff

Photo of Dr. Amy Martin and Charlie, the Riverdogs Mascot

MUSC James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine’s Director of Population Oral Health, Dr. Amy Martin, threw the first pitch at the Charleston Riverdogs game on April 14. In efforts to promote oral health awareness Dr. Amy Martin presented the Charlie, the Charleston Riverdogs’ mascot, with a giant toothbrush. The College of Dental Medicine team also gave away oral health care supplies, educational materials for children and auctioned off an electric toothbrush. A great way to spread the word about oral health.

March 2018

2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

Photo of Dr. Amy Martin and Dr. Mark Doherty

In this session, Dr. Amy Martin and Dr. Mark Doherty shared curriculum that strengthens students' clinical and business acumen for safety net practice. An online demonstration of learning tools featured online lectures, budget simulations, and self-efficacy assessments on how to navigate patients through Health care systems and use health information technology to improve care. We provided context that describes how market forces are influencing public policy and changes in dental utilization patterns for underserved communities. In a group discussion, we will examine how dental students can prepare students for modern practice that includes safety net care.

A Tour de Force in Public Health Practice & Rural Primary Care

Photo of Bethany Carlos

Bethany Carlos is a native of South Carolina and a graduating medical student from the Medical University of South Carolina, class of 2018. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina (USC) and Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the Arnold School of Public Health, USC. While pursuing her masters, her interests included: health disparities, infant mortality and prematurity, and community health. Under the mentorship of Dr. Lucy Ingram, she investigated the long-term health effects of technological disasters in the rural community of Graniteville, SC. Bethany then assisted with the statewide efforts to implement home-visiting models through the HRSA-funded (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting) MIECHV program at the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center.

Upon matriculation to medical school, Bethany has continued to engage in community initiatives through her involvement on campus. She serves as President of the Public Health Interest Group in the College of Medicine and has established partnerships with One80 Place Clinic, Gold Humanism Honor Society, the College of Medicine Group on Diversity Affairs and the Division of Population Oral Health in the College of Dental Medicine. She was a recipient of 2015 American Medical Association Minority Scholar Award, the 2018 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Student Award, and the National Health Service Corps Student-to-Service Award. She will complete her 3-year pediatric residency training in the MUSC Department of Pediatrics Primary Care Program where she will be serving the Charleston, North Charleston, and Georgetown communities. As a member of the National Health Service Corps, she plans to be a pediatric primary care provider and public health practitioner serving underserved and safety net communities.

February 2018

2018 National Rural Health Policy Institute NRHA Fellows Graduates

  • Dr. Nelson was honored as a NRHA Fellows Graduate at the 2018 National Rural Health Policy Institute (pictured above) talking on oral health and provider recruitment as an essential component to improving rural oral health access.
  • A Focus on Oral Health for Young Children: Dr. Amy Martin talks with Bobbi Conner on South Carolina Public Radio about teaching children to practice good oral hygiene habits and preventing dental problems in childhood.
  • DPOH Director, Amy Martin at the Science CaféTaking a bite out of disease through oral health on February 20, 2018.

January 2018

Photo of January 2018 Dr. Amy Martin giving an acceptance speech

Dr. Amy Martin was accepted in the ADEA Leadership Institute (American Dental Education Association)

Photo of Dr. Martin’s notification letter

November 2017

Safety Net Dental Practice Certificate Courses - Student Perspectives 
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August 2017

Brandi Rollins' (4th Year Dental Medicine Student) perspective on the Dental Safety Net Certificate Program.
Watch Student Perspectives Video

May 2017

Photo of Dr. Christine Veschusioand Dr. Joni Nelson at the National Rural Health Association’s Annual Rural Health Conference and Health Equity Conference

DPOH faculty Drs. Christine Veschusio and Joni Nelson attended National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Annual Rural Health Conference and Health Equity Conference (May 9 to 12) in San Diego, CA. Dr. Veschusio was invited to a concurrent session where she presented on Leveraging Private Practice Dentists in Health System Equity and Dr. Nelson delivered oral presentations on Accelerating Rural Oral Health Equity through Narrative Storytelling and Trends in Rural Children’s Oral Health. Their efforts at this national conference targeted the promotion of the importance of oral health service delivery in Safetynet settings and critical pathways to improve population oral health.

NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference is the nation's largest rural health conference, created for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members, and more. In accompaniment, the Health Equity Conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to this underserved and often under-represented portion of the rural population.

January 2017