Community & Preventive Dentistry

Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry

Chair: Kim McFarland, DDS, MHSA

The Community and Preventive Dentistry faculty and staff are responsible for 20 courses in didactic, laboratory, preclinical and clinical settings that prepare dental students to prevent and control dental diseases through health promotion and organized community efforts. These courses provide the knowledge base, skills and clinical competencies to successfully complete the following:

  • Plan, organize and conduct oral health programs for populations in need
  • Select intervention strategies for the prevention and control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health
  • Develop resources, implement and manage oral health programs for various populations based upon scientific literature and evidenced-based dentistry
  • Incorporate ethical standards in oral health programs and activities
  • Advocate for, implement and evaluate public health policy, legislation and regulations to protect and promote the public’s oral health
  • Communicate and collaborate with groups and individuals on oral health issues

The School of Dentistry is committed to preparing dentists to serve one’s profession and community. Students and faculty provide service by giving of their time and talents to underserved populations who have limited access to oral health care.

Through outreach programs with the following organizations, students have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of thousands of families.

  • One World Community Health Centers
  • Charles Drew Health Center
  • Omaha Public Schools
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Lutheran Family Services
  • Senior Centers
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Refugee Community

Faculty

Kelly A. Gould, M.A., MPH, RDH

Director of Extramural Programs
Assistant Professor

Population-based Health, Improving Access to Healthcare for Under-served Populations

402.280.5006

Mellisa R. Karel, RDH, PHRDH

Resident Instructor
Dental Care Coordinator

Community and Preventive Dentistry

402.280.5056

Kim K. McFarland, DDS, MHSA

Professor
Chair, Community & Preventive Dentistry

Community and Preventive Dentistry, Interprofessional practice, Cultural competency, Public Health

402.280.4529

Linda R. Woodruff, PHRDH

Resident Instructor
Healthy Smiles Program Coordinator

Community and Preventive Dentistry

402.280.5041

Special Faculty and Contributed Services Faculty

shirleyblanchard [at] creighton [dot] edu (Shirley A. Blanchard, M.S., Ph.D.)

blancynt [at] isu [dot] edu (Cynthia A. Blanton, Ph.D.)

kmbober [at] hotmail [dot] com (Karen M. Bober, DDS)

sburton [at] oneworldomaha [dot] org (Spencer J. Burton, DDS)

Jacqueline Fredenthal, BSDH

kgalt [at] creighton [dot] edu (Kimberly A. Galt, PharmD, Ph.D.)

ahaddad [at] creighton [dot] edu (Amy M. Haddad, MSN, Ph.D.)

bghardy19 [at] gmail [dot] com (Benjamin G. Hardy, DDS)

genehoge [at] cableone [dot] net (Gene H. Hoge, DMD)

jjudalena [at] oneworldomaha [dot] org (Joy M. Judalena-Jones, DDS)

skosoko [at] creighton [dot] edu (Sade Kosoko-Laski, M.D., M.S.PH, MBA, SAASS)

slake [at] poncatribe-ne [dot] org (Stephanie L. Lake, DDS)

rmackintosh [at] oneworldomaha [dot] org (Regan T. Mackintosh, DDS)

andreastahlecker [at] gmail [dot] com (Andrea K. Stahlecker, DDS)

Gary Westerman, DDS, M.S.

jenyao4678 [at] hotmail [dot] com (Fen (Jennifer) Yao I. Houng,  DDS)