Dental Hygiene Education/Smiles Forever
2013 Heiskell Award Special Recognition: Internationalizing the Professions
Nomination submitted by: Lawrence D. Fuell, Director of International Education/Global Affairs
Program Overview: The Dental Hygiene Education/Smiles Forever (DHESF) program, in partnership with Smiles Forever Dental Hygiene School in Cochabamba, Bolivia, affords U.S. participants an opportunity to experience working with the only dental hygiene school in Bolivia. Smiles Forever offers indigenous Bolivian women an opportunity to learn dental hygiene skills, therefore allowing them to support themselves and their families while offering dental services where there is tremendous need. Participants from the U.S. were able to see the impact of social, economic, political and environmental forces that determine the quality of life and the oral health for people in impoverish communities.