The UIC College of Dentistry’s Division for Prevention and Public Health Sciences in summer participated in a dental health education session for the youth organization Girls 4 Science.
Girls 4 Science is a non-profit organization that addresses the lack of accessible quality science programs for female youth in the Chicagoland area. The organization’s leadership believes science exposure and increased scientific literacy will equip young women to confidently pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) studies and careers. The program was created by a mother whose daughter expressed an interest in a career in science.
This summer module focused on health education. The College of Dentistry contributed to the health module by providing a lesson plan with information about oral health education, how the oral cavity affects the overall health of the body, careers in dentistry, and applying to dental schools. The two-hour session was led by volunteer UIC dental students and held simultaneously at three college campuses—Olive Harvey College in Chicago, St. Francis University in Joliet, and Malcolm X College in Chicago.
“We reached nearly 200 girls ages ten-to-18,” said Janelle Wade, Program Coordinator, Extramural Education.
For more information on Girls 4 Science, log on to: http://www.girls4science.org/