Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral student Jaspreet Sodhi has been awarded a 2018 President's Cabinet Award receiving funding for a project entitled, "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: The St. Vincent's/Luke Society Preventive Dental Health Clinic Collaborative."
Ms. Sodhi partnered with Anthony Nguyen, School of Medicine Student, Jay Truitt, MD, PhD, PharmD and Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C, DFAAPA, Physician Assistant Studies at UTMB.
The group's $50,000 award will help them achieve their goal to create a new preventive dental health clinic at St. Vincent's House in Galveston, in partnership with The Luke Society for indigent, uninsured, and underinsured individuals. The new clinic will provide no-cost services to help prevent new tooth/oral infections, reduce dental decay, decrease the need for antibiotic usage, and improve systemic health.
The funding, which will run through August 2020 will allow a triple focus to be placed on access to dental care (including oral hygiene education), antibiotic stewardship, and interprofessional training/education.