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Study examines program that pays for dental care with community service

Lorene Kline with her poster presentation that won an award earlier this year from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry at the National Oral Health Conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 15, 2017 -– A program that provided free dental care for low-income Michigan residents in exchange for volunteer work received good reviews, according to a study by Dental Hygiene faculty member.

Most of the people in the study reported that their oral health had improved after participating in the Care Free Pay It Forward program. Lorene Kline, a clinical lecturer in the School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Deparment, surveyed program participants as part of her master’s thesis.

For more information on the findings, go to the story posted on the Michigan News website.


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