Community-Based Education Honored
Posted on 12/24/2013

UIC’s College of Dentistry’s Community-Based Education Service Learning Program and its leaders, Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences; Dr. Christine S. Hryhorczuk, Director of Site Assessment for Extramural Education; and Khatija Noorullah, Clinical Community Academic Manager, were honored with the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society (OPRF IWS) Community Service Award at the organization's Annual Appreciation and Dinner Meeting.

"This distinctive award is presented to those who have shared their time and talent for the well-being of the patients in our communities, who are treated at the IWS Children's Clinic," wrote Kathy Haney, Chair, Board Development, Annual Awards Committee, IWS, and Elizabeth Lippitt, Executive Director, IWS Children's Clinic. "Under your guidance, and through the careful hands and thoughtful words of your dental students, hundreds of children in need of preventive education and restorative procedures have benefitted from the quality care provided by UIC dental students over the years."

Dr. Hryhorczuk stated, "It's a great honor for the College to receive this recognition from one of our Community Partners for our Community-Based Service Learning Program. By providing needed services to those with limited access to care, our students have the opportunity to become part of the communities that they serve." "It is deeply gratifying to be recognized in this way, to be singled out by the Children's Clinic for this award is very special for us," affirmed Dr. Evans.

The Children's Clinic in Oak Park is one of the partner sites at which fourth-year dental students perform extramural rotations.