Towson professor to be honored with Unsung Hero Award
Mary Lashley recognized for co-creating oral health care program for homeless and underserved
TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 8, 2010)—Mary Lashley, professor of Community Health Nursing at Towson University, will be honored as an Unsung Hero on Monday, Nov. 15, or National Philanthropy Day.
Lashley shares the honor with Dr. Nancy Ward of the University of Maryland Dental School, with whom she collaborated to create an oral health care program for the homeless men of the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore City.
The pair will be presented with their award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Maryland at an event held at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.
“I feel incredibly honored to receive this award," says Lashley. "I feel especially privileged to be part of the Towson University community where commitment to service and inspiring students to live in service to others is so highly valued.”
Currently in its fifth year of operation and with nearly half a million dollars in funding support, the program provides access to oral health care for the homeless, and offers the opportunity for students to work with homeless and underserved populations.
As a result, over 500 students in dentistry, dental hygiene and nursing have participated in the program, and over 600 homeless residents have received emergency, preventive, restorative, endodontic and/or periodontal care.
In addition, the program’s annual “Dental Access Day,” modeled after the mobile clinic model, has recruited 250 volunteers and provided care to over 200 patients. Since its inception in 2009, more than $300,000 in free dental care has been delivered at a cost of just $15,206.