Seminar to promote child abuse prevention

3:58:32 PM CDT - Thursday, March 24, 2005

By Melissa Lacey

In conjunction with national child abuse prevention month, Delta Dental Plan of Kansas and the Prevent Abuse & Neglect Through Dental Awareness (P.A.N.D.A.) Coalition are presenting the seminar "You Can Make a Difference" from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 14, at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

Kansas District Magistrate Judge Tom B. Webb, a motivational speaker from Sublette, Kan., will present the program. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to anyone interested in child abuse prevention. A continental breakfast is included.

According to Delta Dental, up to 65 percent of child abuse injuries occur in the areas of the head, face, neck and mouth areas that are routinely observed by dental professionals. Because Kansas law requires dentists and dental hygienists to report suspected child abuse, the P.A.N.D.A. Coalition aims to train dental professionals on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect.

WSU's dental hygiene department is part of the P.A.N.D.A. Coalition. Its graduating seniors receive the coalition's child abuse detection training each April, according to Diane Huntley, associate professor of dental hygiene.

To register for the seminar, contact Kim Blair, Delta Dental Plan of Kansas, 264-1099.

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