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APHA seeks Jong award nominations

Washington—The Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association seeks nominations for the 2011 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre- and Post-Professional Awards.

The awards are bestowed in memory of Dr. Jong, a well-known dental educator, mentor and public health dentistry advocate who died in 1992. Award winners will be honored at the APHA's 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in Washington.

The Pre-Professional Award, sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals Inc., recognizes an outstanding community-based research or service project of an oral health nature carried out by a predoctoral dental student, or a dentist who has graduated within the preceding 12 months from an ADA-accredited dental school, or a dental hygiene student, or a hygienist who has graduated from an accredited school of dental hygiene in the United States within the preceding 12 months.

The Post-Professional Award, sponsored by OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company, recognizes an outstanding community-based research or service project of an oral health nature carried out by a dentist, physician, dental hygienist, nurse, nurse practitioner, social worker and/or other professional with an interest in oral health who is currently enrolled in an eligible public health program.

APHA members or faculty members who worked with a nominated student can submit an application by May 13. For more information about the awards or the application process, contact the 2011 committee chair, Dr. Wanda G. Wright, by e-mailing wanda.wright@tufts.edu or calling 1-617-636-3646.