On October 13, students from the UI REACH program learned about oral health and received one-on-one tooth brushing instructions during an event hosted at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is a University of Iowa comprehensive transition program for students 18-25 years old with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. The goal of the program is for these students to have an integrated college experience in a caring and structured environment. UI REACH students and faculty took the CAMBUS to the College of Dentistry, and heard a presentation on oral health from Stephanie Gramlich, a dental hygienist in pediatric dentistry. The students then went to the clinic and received one-on-one tooth brushing instructions from several dental students, pediatric dentistry residents, and faculty members. The event was coordinated by Gianna Marshall and her team from UI REACH in cooperation with dentistry faculty members Kecia Leary, Cathy Skotowski, and Stephanie Gramlich.
Other volunteers from dentistry included: Michaela Mathews, Uzair Ahmed, Sara Saey, Kylie Scott, Makenzi Zikas, Madeline Slater, Abigail Wiese, Asia Williams, Carter Lilly, Jessica Grundmeyer, Jenna Stewart, Christina Spencer, Macaira Leahy, Eric Kenney, Ryan Abdelrahim, Jeff Anderson, Liz Skotowski, Sarah Beck, Anna Price, Asana Mohamad, Polly Iben, Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Amy Lesch, Heidi Steinkamp, David Johnsen, Kyungsup Shin, Steven Marshall, and Michael Callan.
Everyone involved seemed to enjoy the experience and plans are underway to continue the partnership between the College of Dentistry and the UI REACH program, making this a semi-annual event.