CHAP (Community Health Advancement Program
Dept. 3432, 1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
CHAP volunteers, adorned in a GIANT tooth costume, and one of the State's Dental Hygeniest visited local schools this semester to teach children about good oral health habits!
Catie, Eric, Tracey, Kacy and Meghan, of CHAP, brought a fun and informative “roadshow” about Oral Health to the local Head Start Preschool last year! “Dr. Goodbreath” and the “tooth fairy” made an appearance to teach kids about healthy habits for a bright smile. The oral health section of the Wyoming Department of Health and local dentists, Dr. Burman and Dr. Walgren, donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, disclosing tablets, water bottles, timers and flossers for kids that need them! Chris Walrath, Albany County's State Dental Hygeniest, said the group did an awesome job and took a few photos for your enjoyment!...Yes those are wings on Eric's back :-)
In May 30, 2013 CHAP members were fortunate to experience a sneak-peak into the WWAMI Medical School Cadaver Lab! UW faculty and staff, Dr. Rick Dreiling and Sheila St. Amour hosted the event. Students were excited to connect science coursework to human subjects and were engrossed in the intricacy of the human body! Rick and Sheila offered scientific instruction, but also spoke to the history of cadavers and what it is like for medical students to work with these human subjects for an extended period of time. Obviously, cadavers have aided in the development of many new and innovative scientific understandings and procedures, however many students also claim that they develop a close “relationship” with the subjects, which often inspires other creative endeavors in writing and art.
“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – especially learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else.” -Leonardo da Vinci
Throughout my involvement in CHAP, I have had nothing but a positive experience. I really enjoy the fact that you can be as involved in CHAP as you want to be, with options available if something doesn’t quite fit your cup of tea. Specifically, I particularly enjoy reaching out to the youth of our community, which I am able to do through the Great Hospital Adventure. This is a chance for me to influence youth and share my passion for the health care profession with young children who dream of the many things they want to be when they grow up!