This gallery reflects the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Dental Association activities.
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Welcome to the site*

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About US*


The Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association Chapter at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry are organizations that mentor to minority students (from preschooler age students to graduate students), promote diversity through activities and events, and provide fellowship among its members. The two associations are separate identities nationally; however, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry they are two associations with combined goals, and membership.

 The organization focuses its efforts on community service. Activities have been diverse as: making and decorating masks to auction for benefit of the Mattie Rhodes Center, social service and mental health counseling, hosting an annual variety show displaying the cultural diverse talents of students and faculty, dental screenings, tooth prints for child identification and the list goes on.

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I am so honored and grateful to have been given this opportunity to be the president of this organization. I cannot express how excited I am to be able to continue on the tradition that has been left for me and to carry on this organization with pride.

Although as dental students we sometimes get overwhelmed with the tasks that we have at school, we cannot forget about our community in
which we will be serving when we graduate. Here at SNDA/HSDA we give back in many different ways.  Whether it is doing screening for oral cancers or hosting area high school and college students to spend a Saturday morning with us to explore the dental field, we are staying busy.  It is sometimes difficult to make time in our hectic schedules but it is something that needs to be done so that we remember why we are working so hard for our dreams.

We invite all dental professionals to join and to give some of your time to build a stronger relationship with the community that we live in.  For institutions outside of the School of Dentistry, I encourage you to seek our services so that we can work towards becoming partners.  In doing so,
together we can only help one another.


Solomuna Habtu

President, Student National Dental Association &
Hispanic Student National Association

UMKC School of Dentistry

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Parent and Affiliate Organization*

Parent and Affiliate Organizations

The purpose of the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) is to: promote dental health in the American Indian community; encourage American Indian youth to pursue a career in the profession of dentistry; serve as a resource for assistance to American Indian students interested in the profession of dentistry; provide role-model leadership; promote American Indian heritage and traditional values; and promote and support the unique concerns of American Indian dentists. The Society’s membership comprises of approximately 65 American Indian dentists representing 41 different tribes

The Hispanic Dental Association is a national non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students who are dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community. It advocates for Hispanic oral health professionals across the US. The association works with a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations to communicate to Hispanic and non-Hispanic dental professionals, students, and the public.

The mission of the National Dental Association is to represent the concerns of ethnic minorities in dentistry, to elevate the global oral health concerns of underserved communities, to enhance educational and financial opportunities, and public policy awareness for its members; and to recruit underrepresented minorities into the profession through advocacy and mentorship.

Heart of America Dental Society.The Heart of America Dental Society’s Mission mirrors the National Dental Association, but is uniquely tailored to address the needs of Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas and the immediate surrounding communities. The society is revived and has a restored energy and sense of urgency  to address the oral health disparities in our communities, foster collaboration to address these ends, promote dentistry as a viable career option/profession for people of color and underserved communities. Furthermore, the society is committed to  mentor, embrace and motivate aspiring youth and dental students.

Letter From The President                                                                                                Heart of America Dental Society

On behalf of the entire Heart of America Dental Society members, we are pleased and humbled to share space on the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Dental Association web-site. One, because the organization remains fresh and dear to my heart, as I am a not  too distant member, president, and graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Secondly, this opportunity and venue is ideal for simultaneously promoting both organizations, the work we do, the plight to address oral health disparities, and to promote the increase of underrepresented minorities and underserved individuals in the oral health professions. Literally and figuratively the two organizations are anatomically linked together.

Brief History

The Heart of American Dental Society is under the umbrella of the National Dental Association and was established in 1940 and incorporated with the State of Missouri. Formerly, the society was viable and active; however, for the past ten years has been inactive. In December 2010 the society was reactivated and has a membership roster of forty (40) dentists. The membership is bi-state, Kansas and Missouri.  Many of the members are University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry graduates, and others have origins from historically Black Dental Colleges i.e. Meharry and Howard.

Historically, members have served in a variety of arenas to include, but not limited to, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry’s “Diversity Task Force,” employed as UMKC part-time clinical instructors, hosted dental offices for the School of Dentistry’s Advanced Dental Assisting Program, and facilitated the employment of promising minority/underserved graduating seniors. Others have been guest speakers for the School of Dentistry’s (SOD) Dental Research Explorer Post, Freshmen Dental Orientation, SNDA/HSDA Senior Send-off, and the Midwest Dental Conference.

The Heart of America Dental Society has always extended an invitation to enrolled UMKC underrepresented dental students to attend and join the society.  As it relates to community service and outreach, Heart of American Dental Society members extend themselves beyond the regular work day to collaborate with health agencies, community organizations and church groups to address an array or oral health related areas.


Office Officers
Vice-President Serese M. Cannon, DDS
Secretary Anika  Jackson, DDS
Treasurer Haywood Hambrick, DDS
Historian Megan Thomas, DDS
Chaplin Lawrence Shine, D.D.S.,P.C.

April 27, 2012

On April 27, 2012 the President of the Heart America Dental Society, LaTedra Collins,DDS and the Student National Dental Association President, Caresa Doakes teamed up to provided dental screenings and oral health education to students at Faith Academy School.


April 16, 2012

The Midwest Dental Conference, attracting over three thousand (3, 000) alumni has concluded and there were a host of activities that kept the Alumni engaged.  Particularly memorable was the Minority Alumni Reception, hosted by the Heart of America Dental Society.  In attendance were the Dean of UMKC Dental School, Marsha Pyle, Associate Dean of Student Programs, John W. Killip.  Both deans are avid supporters of diversity and inclusiveness; and were essential to the success of this momentous occasion.  Also present were minority alumni, current dental students, and others who celebrated and embraced diversity.

It was a real delight reminiscing over dental school experiences, and the journey to professional growth.  Current dental students listened attentively and with great admiration to veteran minority alumni, and share their personal challenges and success as dental practitioners.  Alumni rekindled friendships with faculty, colleagues and fostered relationships with dental students.

A special thanks to Derrick Williams, DDS, who assisted with coordination of this effort.  The administration, DDS students, and the Heart of America Dental Society Members are deserving of a vote of appreciation for their moral support.

The Heart of America Dental Society looks forward to next year’s Minority Alumni Reception.

LeTedra Collins, DDS                                                                                                                                                           Heart of America Dental Society, President

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Summer Programs

KU Career Pathway Internship Visit UMKC Dental School

Medical School Summer Scholars Visit the UMKC School of Dentistry

School of Medicine Summer Scholars Visit UMKC School of Dentistry

Hospital Hill Health Science Camp 2013

UMKC/AHEC Dental Assistant Program 2013

Adavance Education Program(AEP) and UMKC/AHEC Lab Activity 2013

June 10-15, 2012
Hospital Hill Health Science Camp is a weeklong academy designed to introduce high school students, primarily from minority and underrepresented populations, to health professional careers. Students attend session sat UMKC’s  Hospital Hill college campus during the week and learn about careers in dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and educational pathways, while participating in hands-on learning activities, and academic enrichment .Following the summer academy, students have the opportunity to continue exploring health science careers year-round through educational and hands-on activities. The curriculum includes social and cultural support functions designed to build a  sense of community and overcome academic and environmental obstacles.

Focus Requirements Eligibility
• Academic enrich-ment in Math,  English,Biology, & Science                        •Clinical Activities for Dentistry,Nursing, & Pharmacy                                   • Cultural awareness and sensitivity• Exposure to a wide variety of  profession-al careers• Communication en-hancement activities•Confidentiality/ HIPAA certification • Completed     Application form

  • • A typed paragraph stating your interest in learning about Careers in Dentistry, Nursing, or Pharmacy
  • • School transcript with most current   grades an G.P.A.
  • • A recommenda-tion   letter from your school counselor, teacher, or   community member(clergy,coach)
  • • Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above
  • • Must be a current  freshmen, sophomore or junior to apply
  • • Must have an interest in either dentistry, nursing, or pharmacy as a career

-Application packets must be submitted by April 27, 2012
For more information about the academy or to request an application, please contact your school counselor or:
John Cottrell , UMKC School of Dentistry, 650 E. 25th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 816-235-2085
June 3-8, 2012
UMKC/MAHEC Dental Assisting Program
The intent of the UMKC/MAHEC Program is to provide an avenue for students who live in rural and underserved communities to learn about the field of dentistry. This is achieved through a week long comprehensive training program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, which is followed by trained students serving as dental assistants during summer field internships. The dental offices are identified as host sites by the regional MAHEC Centers who coordinate field internships in conjunction with guidance from UMKC faculty. It is hoped that the dentist will be able to effectively convey the merit of working in rural and underserved communities, most specifically its benefits and rewards. Further, the experience is intended to give participants added incentive and motivation to pursue a career in dentistry.
  • Student participants must be rising high school seniors or college undergraduates who have expressed an interest in careers in dentistry/dental hygiene
  • Students must be willing and able to complete a mandatory summer field internship in rural or underserved area of Missouri for a minimum of four (4) weeks.
Program Objectives
  1. To create an ideal forum for student participants to receive first hand information about oral health professions, and formulate support systems/resources through dental professionals who serve as community role models/mentors and assist students with their educational pursuits
  2. To advance the level of dental exposure and skill application of students via summer internships in dental offices operated by rural practitioner and those serving populations at risk
  3. To utilize the dental assisting program as catalyst for enhancing relationships between the dental community and Missouri AHECs, thereby forging a cooperative spirit and ownership of initiatives that foster the creation of a viable dental pipeline for the state
  4. To increase recruitment of academically qualified applicants to the School of Dentistry who will then return to Missouri practice sites.
During the week long training at the dental school students will receive training in the following areas:
  • Infection Control/Personal Protective Equipment(PPE)
  • Cubical Preparation(Before & After Treatment)
  • OSHA Guidelines
  • HIPPA and How it Pertains to Dentistry
  • Sterilization
  • Instrument identification, Patient Set-up, & Sequence of Use
  • Instrument Transfer, Position & Suctioning
  • Charting
  • Mixing Material & How It is used
  • Impression Taking, Pouring and Trimming Models
  • Working Chair-Side with Dentists.
Participants involved in the program receive free housing, meals, transportation, dental scrubs/protective eye ware, internet access and recreational facility privileges and social interaction with dental students.
Historically, participants recruited for this program have affiliation with a Missouri Area Health Education Center and are referred/ recommended by an MAHEC Coordinator or Director.
If you are interested in the UMKC/MAHEC Dental Assistant Program, please contact an area AHEC representative in your area.
Locations and contacts are as follows:
Jeanette Kragel               Northwest MO                        816-271-6769
Leah Prewett                  Mid-MO                                  573-458-7575
Jennifer Alsup                 Northeast MO                        660-385-6491
Michelle Mollick                Southwest MO                       417-836-5211
Shearon Holmes             East Central MO                     314-772-9979
Stefanie Baines               West Central                         816-410-8380
Sherri Hinrichs                Southeastern MO                   573-772-9979
John Cottrell                   UMKC SOD                            816-235-2085

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Latinos of Tomorrow and the School of Dentistry collaborate to promote the UMKC/LOTs National Learning Institute Pipeline at the KCKCC Transfer/Education Fair 02/29/14

Dental School Partners with Latinos of Tomorrow Scholarship Fest 11/16/2013

Black Expo 11/2/13 SNDA/HSDA & STA Join Forces

I st Annual Health Sciences Scholarship,Dinner and Dance-9/21/13








August 17, 2013

5th Annual Health and Wellnes Community Initiatives

On August 17, 2013 the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association (SNDA/HSDA) collaborated with Students    Take Action (STA) and UMKC faculty to conduct dental screenings and  administer dental prints for participants at the Brush Creek Community Center.














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Latinos of Tomorrow  Access Program   Collaborate  with the NLI Pipeline Program


Dental Research Explorer Post 02/08/14

Belvidere Caring Communities Health Fair 10/19/13



Dental Research Explorer Post 092813








June 8, 2013

Convoy of Hope 2013


June 3, 2013

UMKC/AHEC                                                                                                                                        Dental Assistant Program


June 1, 2013

Public Health Fair 2013


April 29, 2013

Congratulations to Our 2013  Table Clinic Winners                                                                                                                                         SNDA/ HSDA members

1st Place

Stacie Sueda and Ashley Asano


SNDA/HSDA member Caresa Doakes and her partner  Madeline

Held 2nd Place


February 9, 2013

Dental Research Explorers







































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Contact Information

SNDA/HSDA Faculty Advisors

John Cottrell
Director of Minority and Special Programs
UMKC School of Dentistry
650 E. 25th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: 816/235-2085 or 235-2080. Fax: 816/235-2157

Derek Williams, DDS
Operative Dentistry
UMKC School of Dentistry
650 E. 25th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: 816/235-6682 or 235-26224. Fax: 816/235-2157

SNDA/HSDA    President                                                                                                                                                    Solomuna Habtu                                                                                                                                             3rd Year Dental  Student                                                                                                       UMKC School of Dentistry                                                                                                                                                             650 E. 25th St., KCMO 64108                                                                                                   816/235-2085                                                                       

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