Service Learning

The community service component of the Fones School of Dental Hygiene is renowned among dental hygiene programs. Its purpose is to continue the community outreach philosophy of Dr. Alfred C. Fones, applying the theories and concepts of public health when providing oral health care to community populations.

The Fones students and faculty provide oral health education, screenings, preventive services, and referrals to more than 9,000 people annually in Southwestern Connecticut and adjacent regions. The Fones School of Dental Hygiene is an important health delivery resource in the Greater Bridgeport area and is highly regarded in Connecticut as well as nationally.

Dental and dental hygiene professionals recognize the name of the Fones School as standing for excellence in the education it provides to future dental hygienists and, most notably, for its outreach and public health services, which are considered innovative and models for other dental hygiene schools across the country.

These services are provided by students enrolled full-time in the accredited educational program leading to an associate degree in Dental Hygiene and are supervised by Connecticut-licensed dental hygienists.

Community outreach sites

Clinical treatment services

  • Fones Dental Hygiene Health Center
  • Integrative Clinic in UB Clinics
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital Hamden Dental Center
  • Norwalk Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Southwest Community Health Center
  • Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School

Community education

  • Public/private K-12 school children
  • Head Start/Day Care/Nursery School children
  • Pregnant adolescents
  • Mentally, physically and/or emotionally challenged populations
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers
  • Homeless shelters
  • Nursing homes
  • Senior centers
  • Adult Day Care centers

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