Meet Geneva From Texas
Geneva Dunaway is a dental hygienist and a native Texan with a passion for serving her community. After working for over 25 years in private dental practices, Geneva decided to take her career in a new direction--focusing on community health, where she has now worked for seven years.
Following a transition to public health dental hygiene, Geneva realized that the information and educational resources tailored to children's oral health far outnumbered those available to adults and older adults. So she coordinated with her employer to begin visiting senior community centers in Galveston County, Texas to spread the word about the importance of good oral health at every age.
Geneva's educational sessions at senior community centers take place during lunch time or a break in the day, and they give older adults and community center staff the tools and skills they need to support healthy mouths. Geneva typically visits eight senior community centers each year, reaching well over 200 older adults and senior community center staff annually.
When she's not traveling to senior community centers, Geneva works as a dental hygienist at Coastal Health and Wellness, a Federally-Qualified Health Center with locations in Galveston and Texas City. She is a proud member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the Bay Area Dental Hygiene Society.
How can you help Geneva's efforts? E-mail Geneva if you have educational brochures, printed materials, or training tools for older adults and staff at senior community centers. If your company manufactures and donates dental hygiene products, Geneva can always use toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss as take-away items.