DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health


January 24, 2022

The Positive Influence of Mentors

Imma with patient

My name is Immaculate Achieng’ Opondo, from Kisumu County, which is in the Western part of Kenya.

December 21, 2021

My Journey to Global Oral Health and HIV/AIDS research

Yan Wang

I am Yan Wang. I was born in China with a great passion for numbers. My undergraduate major is Mathematics, with a double major in Computer Science. I received my PhD in Biostatistics of School of Public Health at UCLA in 2019. My research passion is the joint research of HIV and oral health.

November 22, 2021

From Public Health to Research Management

Dr. Roberto Leon-Manco

My name is Roberto A. León-Manco, I am a graduate of the School of Stomatology, Master of Public Health, and specialist in Dental Public Health at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH).

October 20, 2021

Patimaporn Pungchanchaikul

Dr. Patimaporn Pungchanchaikul and colleague conducting an exam

Sawadee Ka, I am from Khon Kaen University (KKU) in the Northeastern region, “I-San”, of Thailand.  In 2008, I was back from the University College London, UK, after pursuing my PhD in Developmental Biology focusing on the cleft formation.

September 17, 2021

Engaging in dental outreach activities, what does the future hold?

Winning one step at a time.

Hello, my name is Brenda Okumu from Kenya. I graduated with a Bachelors in Dental Surgery from the University of Nairobi and later pursued a Masters in Dental Primary and Public Health at the University of Western Australia.

August 18, 2021

Sarah Borgida, MEd Director, Children’s Programs and Tribal Partnerships Arcora Foundation

Greetings! I’m Sarah Borgida, Director of Children’s Programs and Tribal Partnerships at Arcora Foundation, which is funded by Delta Dental of Washington. Our mission is to bend the arc of oral health toward equity, and we do this in a variety of ways.

July 14, 2021

Finding my path in research and global public health

My name is Ailín Cabrera-Matta, I am a pediatric dentist with a PhD in Public Health. I currently work as an Associate Professor in the Department of Dentistry for Children and Adolescents at the Dental School, and as a researcher in the Epidemiology, STD and HIV Unit at the School of Public Health and Administration, both at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima, Peru.

June 16, 2021

Dr. Thao Do’s Journey in Oral Health Research

Hello, my name is Thao Do, and I am a Vice Dean, Faculty of Odonto-Stomatology, Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam. It was in February 2014 when I participated in a one-week training at the International Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health in Quang Nam, Vietnam, where I was motivated by Prof. Timothy DeRouen and Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario whom encouraged me to achieve oral health research goals abroad.

May 18, 2021

Meet Mink Lee

Hello, my name is Mink Lee, and I’m currently serving as an intern at the DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health at University of Washington. I work part-time as a registered dental hygienist and am also a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health from California State University – Northridge (CSUN).

April 26, 2021

Dr. Patrick Rooney’s career in public health dentistry

Greetings, my name is Dr. Patrick Rooney, and I am a graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. My first clinical experience with Public Health Dentistry was a summer session between my 3rd and 4th year of dental school, when I was fortunate to participate in the collaboration with the Yakima Valley Migrant Farm Worker Health Care Clinics in Yakima and Toppenish, in rural Eastern Washington. That singular formative experience with a most needy population was when I realized the end result of the trials and rigors of our dental education would lead to me as a professional passion.

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