The survey also ascertained the degree to which the OHOW experience enhanced the students' dental hygiene education in working with diverse, underserved, multicultural and special needs populations.
The Johnson County Community College survey demonstrated a high satisfaction with the ability of the OHOW rotation to enhance the dental hygiene students' ability to provide dental hygiene care.
The unique operation in the OHOW setting allows students to treat special needs and underserved populations in a 1:1 faculty/student ratio.
Students positive response to their OHOW service learning experience, support the mission of the educational arm of the dental hygiene program and the mission of OHOW.
In this setting students work with case/ social workers, support staff, nurses and dentists as well as the dental hygiene OHOW program coordinator.
This outcome demonstrates how the OHOW project has helped to increase the students' sense of professionalism and civic responsibility as an oral health care provider.
20) Likewise, the OHOW project meets the oral health care needs of underserved disabled populations, exposes students to community service, and connects and engages students to the community.
Students' perception of the OHOW rotation were favorable showing high satisfaction in their feedback demonstrating the experience to be valuable both personally, for their clinical skills, and impacting their sensitivity to underserved populations.
9) Patient surveys are shared with students as part of the student feedback process and reflection, allowing the students to see the direct impact and appreciation clients express after receiving oral health care services from the OHOW project.
Long term data continues to be collected on the OHOW project and will be valuable in assessing the future impact of the service learning from both the student and community partner perspective.