Training Students to Keep Howard County Healthy
Howard County is one of the healthiest communities in America, according to a recent study by U.S. News and World Report. Howard Community College is contributing to this effort by providing nursing and allied health students with real-world training experiences. As a result, students give back to the community and – at the same time – build a stronger, healthier Howard County.
Earlier this spring, the dental hygiene program hosted a special day for families through its on-campus Dental Hygiene Center. Children received teeth cleanings, x-rays, and a full range of services at no cost. The center allows students to practice their skills under the watchful eyes of a clinical dentist, and patient volunteers from the community receive quality dental hygiene care that they may otherwise not have been able to afford.
The Health Sciences Division partnered last fall with the Howard County Health Department to offer Naloxone training on how to respond to an opioid overdose. More than 190 students, faculty, and staff received the training, making it one of the largest single trainings by the Health Department.
Students also held a Be The Match bone marrow donor drive to recruit new bone marrow donors, in response to the national demand for diverse bone marrow donors from minority communities. Students’ efforts resulted in 67 donors agreeing to be tested and a higher than expected turnout of interest from minority communities.
For more information about Howard Community College’s nursing and allied health programs, visit the Division of Health Sciences.