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Joanna A. Aalboe

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University of Kentucky

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University of Kentucky

800 Rose St.

Lexington, Kentucky 40536

United States

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The University of Kentucky offers a variety of education, services and research opportunities to those interested in the Appalachian Region, including courses led by notable scholars in regional studies. Faculty include the editor and book review editor ... more

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University of Kentucky


Bachelor of Science

health education

Eastern Kentucky University


Master of Public Health ( MPH

community health

Eastern Kentucky University

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Joanna Aalboe, RDH, BS, MPH Assistant professor and public health hygienist
Joanna Aalboe, RDH, BS, MPH, has occupied many roles in the oral health profession over the years, making use of her extensive education. Aalboe received an Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene from Lexington Community College (LCC) in Lexington, Ky. in 2000, completed her Bachelor of Science in health education at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in 2006, and earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) in community health from EKU in 2009. At present, Aalboe is a doctoral student in the Doctor of Public Health program at the University of Kentucky (UK). She is currently an assistant professor and public health hygienist with the UK College of Dentistry, Division of Dental Public Health in Lexington. She works in outreach dental programs with children on a mobile dental unit, as well as a researcher engaging in health services research to define oral disease burdens, assess intervention strategies, and evaluate outcomes relatable to oral health disparities, oral health literacy, and oral health wellness.
Aalboe's first dental appointment was when she was 12 years old. "It was a wonderful experience. I was fascinated with the equipment, people and atmosphere. At that moment, I decided I wanted a career in dentistry," she said. Aalboe believes she learned compassion from her mother, who was a nurse's aide in a convalescent hospital. "As a child, she would sometimes take me to work with her. I would ask if we could take cookies to the patients just to see them smile."
In college, Aalboe worked as a dental assistant in a dental office; the dental hygienist in the office encouraged Aalboe to pursue a career in dental hygiene, explaining the benefits of the profession. Aalboe took the dental hygienist's advice. After graduating from the dental hygiene program at LCC, Aalboe worked in private practice (general and pediatric offices) for a couple of years.
"At that point, I was very content with private practice, and I had not thought much about other possible avenues my profession might take me. I received a phone call one day that changed my life," she explained.
I was so nervous up in front of an 'audience' that I was not sure I was cut out for teaching," Aalboe said.
However, Aalboe didn't rest on her laurels; instead, she pushed herself to continue her education. "The key to opening doors for endless opportunities is education," she said, adding that finding a mentor is also an important component.
A large majority of the children we care for have extensive dental needs that possibly would go untreated without our services," Aalboe said. "Another aspect of my position is research. In addition to our commitment to reduce oral health disparities among children, we are also engaged in oral care delivery research for elders in nursing homes and workplace oral wellness programs for adults. Our outreach and research projects provide me the opportunity to attend and present findings at local and national conferences. My position has also permitted me to be a peer reviewer for professional journals."
Aalboe doesn't just use her knowledge and expertise in her position with UK. She has taken trips to "interesting places like Mexico, Honduras and Ecuador, where dental care is limited or unavailable. Serving these communities is both challenging and rewarding. It gives me a sense of purpose and connectedness," she said.
Aalboe was also instrumental in the creation of another project, the Workplace Oral Wellness (WOW) program, which was developed with the intent of integrating an oral health component into an existing workplace wellness program. "The program caught the attention of our local Kentucky Educational Television (KET) station. This was my first television interview. The program was included in part of a series that discussed advances in oral health care. The WOW program was highlighted as a 'promising community-based program.'"
At the core of Aalboe's extensive education and list of accomplishments is the knowledge that the work she does is critical to people's health. "I believe knowledge of the oral-systemic link is very important. People are beginning to understand that the mouth is not separate from the rest of the body and that oral health is important to your overall health. The vital component in maintaining health and oral health is prevention. Therefore, the preventive services that dental hygienists provide make them key players in the health care team."
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By Pamela Sparks Stein, DMD, MPH, and Joanna Aalboe, RDH, MPH

JOANNA AALBOE, RDH, MPH, is an assistant professor and a public health dental hygienist at the UK College of Dentistry. She currently works in the Division of Dental Public Health in research and outreach. Aalboe is also a doctoral student in the educational policy studies and evaluation program at UK's College of Education. She has a special interest in dental mission work and has participated in trips to Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico. Aalboe can be reached at:

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Joanna Aalboe, RDH, BS, MPH Assistant professor and public health hygienist

Joanna Aalboe, RDH, BS, MPH Assistant professor and public health hygienist

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