Dr Hyewon Lee

GCDFund Consultant for Strategic Health Communication
Attended: 
SDL-7 (2013)

Hyewon Lee is currently working as a Dental Consultant and Public Health Officer at the Office of Strategic Priorities in the United States Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services.

Her main duties include management of cooperative agreements with national oral health organizations identifying collaborating opportunities among oral health partners to integrate oral health and primary care for underserved populations.

As a dental student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Hyewon Lee launched a student-led volunteer paediatric dental clinic to take over the running along with her fellow students under the supervision of paediatric faculty. Through this ACTION Project (Actions for Children and Teenagers In Oral health Need), student volunteers provide dental treatments and oral-hygiene education to under-served children on a monthly basis while being exposed to on-site experience in paediatric and public health dentistry at a community clinic. More than 80% of the Harvard dental school students currently participate in the ACTION Project every month to meet the need of the community.

With her passion for people with limited access to oral health care, Hyewon has worked for children and mothers with HIV at non-profit dental clinics and inmates in a local prison in Cambodia under the support of Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Global Children, Dental Fund at King’s College, London, UK. Hyewon presented her work and experience at the Fourth Senior Dental Leaders Conference along with a photographic exhibition which raised awareness of the oral health needs among vulnerable children in Cambodia. Many of the pictures we have on the GCDF website are Hyewon’s. In 2012, she provided oral health education to children in Benin in collaboration with a non-profit art education project, "Brush with Hope". She plans to graduate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master degree in Public Health in Health Communication in May 2013.

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