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Families First employee named Hygienist of the Year
The New Hampshire Dental Society recently named Cynthia Bishop, RDH, as Hygienist of the Year. Bishop, a Certified Public Health Dental Hygienist, has worked as Seacoast Healthy Grins program coordinator for Families First Health and Support Center since 2003. In this role, she visits preschool, elementary and middle school classrooms in Portsmouth and nearby towns. She provides oral health education, screenings, cleanings, sealants, temporary fillings and referrals to dentists to children at each school.
“Cindy is a leader among Certified Public Health Dental Hygienists in New Hampshire,” says A.J. “Skip” Homicz, DDS, who volunteers as dental director at Families First and is a member of the NH Dental Society. “In her time at Families First, she has expanded Seacoast Healthy Grins to more schools and initiated dental services for infants at Families First and their parents, providing education, anticipatory guidance and fluoride varnish. Cindy has exhibited passion, initiative, skill and caring as she has addressed groups ranging from children, to WIC program participants, to senior citizens. This award recognizes her as a leader in oral health outreach and promotion of oral health as integral to general health and well-being.”
Earlier this year, the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness chose Bishop to represent New Hampshire as the state’s dental hygiene liaison. Recognized as an early childhood oral health leader and advocate in their states, liaisons are responsible for collaborating with state organizations including the state oral health program, the state Head Start collaboration office and child care agencies.
To learn more about Seacoast Healthy Grins, including recent coverage on NHPR and WMUR, visit tinyurl.com/HealthyGrins.