Dental Hygiene Students Assist at NBC 30 Health and Wellness Fair
Four Goodwin College dental hygiene students took part the NBC 30 Health and Wellness event on September 27 at the Hartford Convention Center.
They participated in CT CHIP, a DNA and dental child identification program run by the Freemasons. This initiative was held in collaboration with a state oral health advocacy group called the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative (COHI). The students performed DNA saliva swabs and bite impressions on children ranging from toddlers to adolescents.
Dental Hygiene Coordinator Amy Mongillo was at the event as their advisor and licensed Registered Dental Hygienist, participating in collecting the swabs and impressions and facilitating the group of students. “This event gave students the opportunity to be involved in a meaningful community outreach event directly related to their aspiring field,” Mongillo said.
Mongillo also noted that this event was an opportunity for students to connect with a state oral health advocacy group, which promotes oral care as part of overall health. Students gained firsthand experience with community members in a professional role representing both the Dental Hygiene program and Goodwin College.
“The students were outstanding,” Mongillo stated.
Students were able to apply classroom and clinical knowledge to a different environment and more deeply appreciate the role of dental hygiene as a part of an overall health care system.