What’s Happening With Our Allied Health Students

Thursday, November 12, 2020

A Message from Terri Graham, Interim President, West and Downtown Campuses

In Allied Health, our students recently designed community health posters and requested bags to carry their personal protective equipment.

Community Health Posters

In our Dental Hygiene program, Tiffany Baggs, professor, dental hygiene, assigned students to create a community health poster. Student and Class President of the Student American Dental Hygienists Association (SAHDA) club Derek Sato selected a veterans theme for his poster.

Derek explained that he selected this theme because he’s a patriotic person. “Veterans have made the ultimate sacrifices to protect our freedoms in this country, and they deserve to be thanked and recognized,” Derek explained. “As a dental hygiene professional, I also recognize that veterans have a plethora of barriers that prevent them from accessing quality dental service. Some examples of these barriers are lack of transportation, affordability and limited access to dental providers. Most veterans are likely to only seek out dental services in response to their pain and discomfort … I wanted to let veterans know that the Valencia College Dental Hygiene program is keeping them in our hearts and prayers during these hard times, and they are certainly not forgotten.”

PPE Backpacks

In the Respiratory Therapy program, students requested backpacks to carry their personal protective (PPE) gear like their professional counterparts.

“We were able to make this happen, and even ensured that they were Valencia College-branded, shared Marie Vasquez-Brooks, dean, School of Allied Health. 

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all of you, who put time, effort, and found the funds to purchase the backpacks, said Jana Grzeskowiak, part-time faculty, respiratory care, in an email to her team, explaining that students received the backpacks during Respiratory Care Week, Wednesday, October 25 – Saturday, October 31, 2020. “The students really appreciated the gift and were excited about having the backpacks just like the hospital employees do to carry their PPE, belongings and so forth.”


  • Nardia Cumberbatch said:

    What a way to make being on campus safe and interactive for Allied Health students. Kudos!

    PMMon, 16 Nov 2020 17:15:02 +0000Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:15:02 +0000pm20,5:15 pm

  • April Montallana said:

    Kudos to our amazing Allied Health students!!!

    PMWed, 18 Nov 2020 13:05:24 +0000Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:05:24 +0000pm20,1:05 pm

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