The Dental Hygiene Program at Pacific University is located in a community with a high percentage of low-income people of Hispanic origin. The majority of this population speak only Spanish and most have never received dental treatment due to language, cultural and economic barriers. Spanish language & culture have been integrated throughout Pacific’s dental hygiene curriculum to help students communicate more effectively with these patients and enhance student understanding of the unique needs of this underserved population.
Hall, Katya M. and Rowley, Lisa J., "Integrating Spanish Language & Culture into a Dental Hygiene Curriculum" (2010). Projects and Scholarship. 3.