Sonoma County School Smile Program

George Payne Dental Technology Fund.

Supporting the Redwood Community

(Sonoma, Marin, Lake and Mendocino Counties)

Because of our members, Redwood Dental Hygienists' Society was able to donate $5,000 to the George Payne Dental Technology fund in support of keeping our SRJC graduates relevant and effective with the current advancements in Dentistry. 

This contribution will help to provide new equipment such as digital x-ray sensors and computers for each operatory in order to create a better learning environment and assist our students in achieving a higher standard of practice for the patients of our community.  


We are grateful to all of our members for their continued support of our profession and our community.  


can reduce the incidence of dental decay by up to 60% and are about 1/3 the cost a having a tooth filled after it gets a cavity.


The School Smile Program was launched in 2013 by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County during the 2013-14 academic year.  The program was piloted in seven of 28 Sonoma County Schools which have greater than 50% enrollment in the Free/Reduced Lunch program and was considered a success.  The program serves over 9 schools in Sonoma County and plans to expand to 12 schools for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. In addition to our RDHS members, the program also works collaboratively with our local community clinics.


     RDHS Member "School Smile" providers:

           Deborah De Vries, RDHAP

           Christina Dixon, RDHAP

           Jennifer Hahn, RDHAP

           Kathy Kane, RDHAP

           Erika Rosebaugh, RDHAP

Community Clinic Providers

           St. Joseph Dental Clinic

           Santa Rosa Community Dental Clinic


Click here to view current program statistics

Because of her dedication to children's oral health in our community, Program Manager of the School Smile Program, and long-time RDHS member, Kathy Kane was awarded the ADHA Institute for Oral Health's Wrigley Community Service Grant.  The $5,000 grant will help provide clinical supplies & small equipment for the Sonoma County school-based preventative program which allows RDHAP providers to place sealants and fluoride varnish for children who have limited access to dental care.  The program also provides classroom education, treatment referral and case management based on an individual dental health assessment.


It is estimated that 5 of every 10 children in Sonoma County suffer from dental decay.  Dental sealants 

Director of SRJC Dental Programs, Carol Hatrick and Dean of Health Sciences Deborah Chigazola accept the donation on behalf of the SRJC Dental Clinic.

A child receives dental sealants from RDHS Member Ingri Sparling, RDHAP and her assistant.

Give Kids A Smile Day 2016 (Sonoma County)

RDHS is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Give Kids A Smile event!

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The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Foundation is still in need of donations to fund equipment and technology upgrades to the George S. Payne Dental Wing.  Click here for more information.

Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life

RDHS is a proud endorser of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services' Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life initiative.  Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life is a county-wide campaign which advocates oral health for adults, children, infants and expectant mothers.  


Since the initiative began in 2013, the Department of Health Services has implemented new programs to educate the community, raise oral health awareness and create greater access to care.  


For more information, visit the website

RDHS Members Gail Starling & Laura Birchett volunteer to educate parents and children during the "Rethink Your Drink Campaign".