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Physician Assistant Professor and Student Collaborate on the Development of Interprofessional Oral Health Outreach Program
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Denise RizzoloAt the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference in Boston this summer, a group of clinicians, educators and students within the fields of Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Pharmacy and Registered Dental Hygienist developed an interprofessional outreach program for the promotion of oral health education, prevention and treatment.  Among these professionals were Seton Hall's Denise Rizzolo, Ph.D., PA-C, associate professor in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Program, and third-year PA student Shontelle Berfet. "I really enjoyed meeting new people and discussing oral health issues that we've encountered during our clinical rotations. Along the way, I also made several friends from around the country, from North Carolina to Oregon," Berfet said about the experience.

The community outreach program took place at the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless facility, Cambridge Senior Center and Susan Bailis Assisted Living Center. At these locations, as stated in an article at, a health resources website for older adults: "The students and faculty reviewed proper brushing, flossing and denture care as well as the impact of medications on the oral cavity. During each session, toothbrushes and toothpaste were distributed." Berfet also discussed her opportunity to present at two of the locations: "The residents at both the Cambridge Senior Center and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless asked excellent questions and provided great feedback to our presentations."  

As a recent Paul Ambrose Scholarship recipient, Berfet reflected further on her experience: "This experience was very beneficial to me as I will be establishing the New Jersey Oral Health Awareness Project for disadvantaged residents in Essex County. I am very excited to launch this community outreach project this September." 

Visit to read more about the AAPA outreach program. 

Learn more about the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program at Seton Hall University's School of Health and Medical Sciences

For more information please contact:
Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C
(973) 313-6395


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