Students at Cambrian College are helping the less fortunate in Greater Sudbury smile brighter while raising awareness to support free access to oral health services through their annual Walk for a Smile.
The student-driven campaign raises thousands of dollars to support oral health care services at the Corner Clinic, a drop-in health clinic that operates out of the Samaritan Centre on Elgin Street. Through program placements at the Clinic, Cambrian students interact with clients and see first-hand how personal oral care and dental hygiene services slip out of reach for people who are homeless or living in poverty. “We’ve found out that most of us take our oral health for granted,” explained Rhiannon Deschene, a first-year Dental Hygiene student at Cambrian College. “In class, we learn that oral health is a cornerstone to overall health, but working at the Clinic, we quickly find out that for people who struggle to find their next meal, it’s just not a high priority. Coming from Sault Ste. Marie, I didn’t know that the Corner Clinic existed, but I’m glad that I’ve had a chance to see how it helps people with unmet needs in this community.”
Another first-year student, Hailey Aubertin, agreed that learning about the Corner Clinic was “definitely an eye-opener,” and she said that the need to help others motivates students as they canvass individuals and businesses for donations to Walk for a Smile. “About 80 students from the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs are working together on the event, and we’re walking with our professors and community partners to raise public awareness. There are still so many people out there who don’t know about the help that’s available, and we want others to understand why it’s important to keep offering oral health care services at the Corner Clinic.”
Cambrian’s Walk for a Smile takes place on April 1, 2013. Students, faculty, and members of the dental community will leave from the front entrance of the College at 4 p.m. and proceed to Paquette Street, onto Lasalle Boulevard, and then to Barrydowne Road, completing a five kilometre loop.
Tammy Morgan-Schubert, Professor in Cambrian’s Dental programs said that this year’s goal is to raise $3,000. “All monies raised will go to the Corner Clinic, where student and volunteer dental hygienists and assistants offer oral screenings, preventative dental health care, education, and oral health supplies like toothbrushes to clients throughout the year.” The Corner Clinic is operated by the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury. To find out more about Walk for a Smile, or how to contribute, contact Tammy Morgan-Schubert by phone at 705-566-8101, extension 7577, or by email email@example.com.
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