M.S., Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport Fones School of Dental Hygiene, 2010
B.S., Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, 2005
A.S., Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, 1992
Professor Minihan-Anderson is a proud graduate of the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene. She has worked continuously in the field of clinical dental hygiene in various settings such as in private practice, orthodontics, and in a community dental health care center. Professor Minihan-Anderson began her career as an educator at Fones as an adjunct professor in 2005 and is currently a full time Assistant Professor and Dental Public Health Supervisor. She specializes in the fundamentals of instrumentation, practice administration, management, jurisprudence and the ethical practice of dental hygiene as well as dental public health program planning.
Professor Minihan-Anderson presents at the Fones School Clinical Educators Workshop and to other healthcare programs within the University in addition to the University of Bridgeport Professional Development Day.
Professor Minihan-Anderson was invited to provide an oral presentation of her original research related to the Professional Role Changes of Graduates from an Online Degree Completion Program Based in Dental Hygiene at the 2nd North American/Global Research Conference in Bethesda, MD in 2011. Additionally, she co-presented research related to Video Assisted Psychomotor Skill Development in Dental Hygiene Education as a co-principal investigator at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association 2013 Center for Lifelong Learning research poster session. Her work related to the initiation of portable delivery of care equipment in the Dental Public Health Curriculum was chosen for the American Dental Educators Association Program Directors Annual Session poster session in June 2014.
Professor Minihan-Anderson has helped write and secure grants through the Delta Dental of NJ Foundation, Inc for each academic year starting in 2012-2013 to present. She is also the Grant Project Manager for the dental hygiene department helping to coordinate the design, implementation and evaluation of programs funded by these grants and provides data for outcome reports.
Academic honors include; graduating Summa Cum Laude, recipient of the Dean’s Award, recipient of the CDHA Student Award, and she is a member of the all-academic discipline Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Professional affiliations include the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association where she has served as a delegate for the Bridgeport component, committee member for Membership and PR, Annual Session/Continuing Education Chair, ConnHyPAC Chair, the Bridgeport component Trustee to the CDHA Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the CDHA Legislative Committee and the BDHA Secretary.
DHYG 123 Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology (Fall 2013-present)
DHYG 232 Dental Public Health lecture and Community Oral Health Rotation (Fall 2013-present)
DHYG 301 Dental Hygiene Practice Management (Spring 2010-present)
DHYG 301DL Dental Hygiene Practice Management, (Spring 2014-present)
DHYG 516 Master Degree Concentrated Practicum Advisor (2010-present)
DHYG 521 Master Degree Thesis Advisor (2011-present)
Areas of Interest
Oral anatomy, embryology, histology, dental hygiene practice management, alternative practice settings, expanded provider models, dental public health professions
Risom, L.L., Williams, K.S., Stramoski, S., Minihan-Anderson, K., Klesyk, K. (2013). Video assisted psychomotor skill development in dental hygiene education. Journal of Dental Hygiene, 87:6, 378-400. Retrieved from http://jdh.adha.org/content/87/6/378.full.pdf+html
Minihan-Anderson, K. (2012). Professional role changes of graduates from an online degree completion program based in dental hygiene (abstract). Journal of Dental Hygiene, Winter 2012.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association; Council on Public Health. Careers in Public Health Resource (2012). Contacted by and responded to request from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association to provide input for a web-based resource for those seeking information about careers in public health. Particularly the roles of educator, advocate, PH clinician, program administrator and school based clinician. Published online through ADHA.org
Honors & Awards
2014: American Dental Education Association. 47th Annual National ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference, Poster Session. Integration of a Community Outreach Program into an Existing Allied Dental Program: Portable Dental Hygiene Care for Special Needs Populations. Compiled data and created an abstract and poster to be presented by our Director of Clinical Education, Laura Greco, RDH, MSEd. during the poster session highlighting best practices when integrating new initiatives into public health education
2013: American Dental Hygienists’ Association 90th Annual Session, Center for Lifelong Learning. Presentation of poster reflecting abstract information from 2011 Phase I research study; Video Assisted Psychomotor Skill Development in Dental Hygiene Education. Abstract to be published in the December 2013 Journal of Dental Hygiene
2011: North American/Global Research Conference, Bethesda, MD. Oral presentation of research. Abstract accepted for publication; Winter 2012 Journal of Dental Hygiene and the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene
2010: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Bridgeport Chapter
2008: American Dental Hygienists’ Association Institute of Oral Health; Part-time scholarship recipient
1992: Dean’s Award, College of Professional Studies, University of Bridgeport
1992: Student Award, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association
1992: President, Fones Chapter of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association
June 2013 - Present: Delta Dental Foundation of NJ grant proposal for $25,000 (currently in Round Two) Co-applicant with Dr. Marcia Lorentzen and Christine Hempowicz.
- Provided statistical analysis, infrastructure information and product research/pricing for this proposed grant seeking to improve technology at the FDHHC at Tisdale clinic; adding digital radiography, computer workstations at all units, interpretation area and radiology suite to prepare for the mandated Electronic Health Records implementation. Additionally, this grant seeks to continue the 2013-2014 work with special needs populations
June 2013: Delta Dental Foundation of NJ $25,000 grant to provide care to special needs/underserved. Co-applicant with Dr. Meg Zayan and Joanna Trigilidas, RDH, MA
- Provided statistical analysis and initial program design, implementation plan to provide clinical care and oral health education to special needs children and adults through the Dental Public Health Rotations (utilizing portable dental equipment purchased through the grant) and FDHHC Clinic at Tisdale.
- Innovated idea to follow public health rotation screenings with clinical care utilizing mobile dental equipment to decrease access to care for special needs clients.
- Write 6-month outcome reports required by grantor.
December 2012: Named Project Manager of Delta Dental Foundation of NJ $20,000 grant for FDHHC at Tisdale Elementary School
- Implemented the grant intent, managed budget and wrote 6-month outcome reports required by the grantor.
August 2011: Delta Dental of Foundation of NJ $20,000 grant to provide care to pediatric clients in a school-based clinical setting. Co-applicant with Dr. Meg Zayan