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CNM program aims to boost dental care

Central New Mexico Community College is launching a program to improve access to dental care in underserved communities for the people who need it most.

This semester, the college is offering dental hygienists and certified dental assistants a certificate program for community dental health coordinator, which will allow them to provide dental health education and basic preventive services.

Graduates of the program also will help patients navigate the public health system to receive dental care and help them overcome such barriers as poverty, geography, language, culture and a lack of understanding of oral hygiene.

Students must be registered dental hygienists or certified dental assistants.

For more information, call the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety at 224-4111 or go to and search for “community dental health coordinator.” Classes begin Aug. 25.