Matt Mara DMD 16 delivers School Based Oral Health Education at Sanders Elementary School in [...]Hollandale, Mississippi. Mara specifically designed the education for the rural communities part of an IREC research project under the direction of Dr. Michelle Henshaw, Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Associate Dean for Global & Population Health at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
Current oral health disparities create a great need within the dental field to provide preventative education to those with economic or geographic shortcomings. Within the United Sates, the Mississippi Delta remains one of the most rural, poorest, and racially divided communities in the country. In the Mississippi Delta, patient education could play a critical role in the prevention of disease within the oral cavity.