Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine students Cherissa Chong (D’12), Lauren Katzel (D’12) and Stephanie Acevedo (D’11) were among 12 students nationwide selected as 2011 American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Preventive Dentistry Scholars, recognized for their activities and achievements in preventive dentistry and community health and their academic excellence. The annual scholarship program awards $2,500 toward tuition and fees to recipients, who were recognized in an awards presentation held March 15 during the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego.
“We are especially pleased that three Penn Dental Medicine students were among the 12 national scholarship winners,” says Dr. Joan Gluch, Director of Community Health. “Stephanie, Lauren, and Cherissa have made substantial contributions in community health and preventive dentistry in our Philadelphia community and are well deserving of the recognition they have received.”
At Penn Dental Medicine, Acevedo and Katzel have been active with the health promotion and clinical care programs at Puentes de Salud, a clinic run by Penn’s School of Medicine to serve Mexican immigrants in south Philadelphia. Both students are officers within the student chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association and have also worked with the Mexican consulate and on a number of other projects to increase access to care for Hispanic individuals in the Philadelphia region.
Chong has been active with health promotion programs at the Eliza Shirley House and the Chinatown Clinic community programs. She has also participated with the Department of Periodontics in a research project at Magee Rehabilitation. In addition, both Chong and Katzel are participating in the community honors program for the 2010-2011 academic year, which involves an in-depth community health experience of at least 120 hours.
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