M.S., Health Professions, Health Policy & Administration, Northeastern University,
B.S., Education and Certificate of Dental Hygiene, Ohio State University
Instructor Kathy Eklund is a practitioner, educator and administrator with more than 30 years of experience in dental hygiene education and practice. “The experience has taught me that in order to teach well, I must remain current in my topic area and develop teaching strategies for a variety of learning styles.”
Eklund sees healthcare and dental hygiene as growing and rapidly changing fields. “Models of care delivery in dental hygiene are changing to better meet the needs of the individual and the community, and the new technologies challenge providers to make evidence-based clinical decisions. This requires a commitment to lifelong learning.”
Instructor Eklund is very involved at many levels in professional organizations that provide a network of colleagues and keep her engaged in the profession. “My involvement has provided opportunities to work on projects and lecture nationally and internationally.”
Her involvement includes work as a contractor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a role as an author of the 2003 CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings, and work as a consultant to the Dubai Health Authority, Dental Infection Control.
Eklund is the recipient of the 2006 OSAP Milton Schaefer Distinguished Service Award, the 1994 Warner Lambert /ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award Program and the 1994 ADHA Distinguished Service Award.
She holds a Massachusetts Dental Hygiene License and is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA), the Organization for Safety Asepsis & Prevention, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) (IADR) and the Association of Dental Education Association (ADEA) and teaches Evidence-Based Decision Making.