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Idaho State University-Meridian’s Daria Kanevski: Oral Health Champion

March 25, 2014

Daria Kanevski, a first-year Idaho State University physician assistant studies student at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, has been selected as an Oral Health Champion by the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation.

She was awarded a $500 academic scholarship and will also have an opportunity to apply for another $300 scholarship for a project of her choice. The champions will also receive $250 if they choose to attend IMPACT 2014 to participate in oral health outreach projects and to be a part of the leadership team teaching an oral health educational session.

Kanevski is an exemplary example of dedication to oral health in physician assistant education, according to the NCCPA. She has also demonstrated extreme dedication in her practice and will continue to serve as one of 13 pioneering student champions charged to engage other students and programs in the PA Leadership Initiative in Oral Health.

Last month, the champions convened on their first conference call and discussed their vision and the capacity to provide leadership to improve oral health and access to care.  The purpose of the initiative is to engage the students in leadership and outreach opportunities as well as bring to their peers important messages about oral health.

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