UNM Division of Dental Hygiene
UNM dental hygiene students gain clinical experiences while improving community access to oral health care.

Dental care for New Mexico’s kids is a crucial part of ensuring their overall health. Over the past 15 years, a partnership between Delta Dental of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has provided screening and treatment for thousands of students at school-based dental clinics.

On Friday (Dec. 1), Delta officials will present a $30,000 check to the UNM Division of Dental Medicine to continue providing services to Albuquerque Public Schools students. The check presentation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Van Buren Middle School, 700 Louisiana SE.

“Delta Dental’s support shows a history of collaboration between the public and private sectors” said Christine Nathe, RDH, MS, program director for UNM’s dental hygiene program and vice chair of the Division of Dental Health. “When we work together we can do so much for those in need.”

Delta Dental’s donation pays for equipment, supplies and salaries to support the school-based clinics, Nathe said.

UNM dental hygiene students, faculty and staff, as well as officials from Delta Dental of New Mexico will be on hand for interviews. Gary Cuttrell, DDS, JD, chair of the Division of Dental Medicine, will also conduct dental exams in the Van Buren dental clinic.

News media coverage is welcome. Please RSVP with Cindy Foster in UNM HSC Communications at (505) 269-6035.