University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry
Amanda K. Swanson is a rising third-year dental student at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH, where she first developed an interest in interprofessional education while working alongside students in the pharmacy program. During her time in dental school, Amanda has been involved with numerous public health projects including as an Albert Schweitzer service fellow and as an inagural member of the university-wide Innovation for the Public Good certificate program. Amanda is excited to continue learning collaboratively across disciplines and advocating for underserved populations throughout dental school and in her future career.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Background: Many patients at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry present with complex and often undiagnosed medical needs. Twenty-two percent report not visiting a primary care provider within 2 years and 55% have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled hypertension can create significant barriers to dental care, increasing the risk of poor oral-systemic health. To address this need, a student-led interprofessional health intervention in dentistry was created to provide at-home hypertension management for dental patients. Methods: Patients diagnosed with hypertension or…