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Mid Winter Session Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH has 35 years of experience in dentistry, 28 spent in academia. In 2014 she retired as associate professor from Southern Illinois University dental hygiene program where she taught oral pathology, community oral health, multicultural dental hygiene and advanced periodontics clinic. Her research was concentrated in oral pathology, migrant farm worker oral health, and issues affecting a range of underserved groups. Passionate about public health issues, Ms. Lukes serves as chair of the Public Health/Access to Care Committee and is now Immediate Past President of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is legislative chair for the Southern Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Society and a Pathology Fellow in the American Academy of Dental Hygiene. An AADH approved speaker, she presents on topics within her areas of expertise at various conferences and continuing education meetings across the country. Community service projects include biannual mission trips to central Mexico, where accompanied by SIU dental hygiene students, she provides oral health care in an orphanage and remote villages. She received Community Service, Teacher of the Year, and Research Paper of the Year awards while at SIU, was named an Oral Health Champion by the IFLOSS Coalition and the Illinois Department of Public Health and is a past recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.
American Academy of Dental Hygiene Approved Speaker


Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois  University at Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois, August 1991
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois, December 1984
Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana, May 1981
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, August 1977- May 1979



Course Outline for January 28, 2107
Title: From the Cradle to the Grave: Oral Pathology Through the Life Span 3 CEUs

 Instructional Objectives:
Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the etiology of various oral pathologic conditions.
2. Describe the clinical appearance of various oral pathologic conditions.
3. List treatment options for various oral pathologic conditions.
4. Explain the importance of current oral pathology knowledge when conducting intra/extra-oral exams.
5. Compare/contrast lesions that can be considered in a differential diagnosis for each pathologic entity.
6. Describe oral symptoms of various systemic conditions as presented in cases.

This course is an overview of oral pathologic conditions from Ms. Lukes’ own personal collection of lesion images accumulated over 35 years as a dental hygienist and a 28 year teaching career. Etiology, clinical appearance, treatment options and relevance to dental hygiene are included for each lesion/condition. The course includes both common and uncommon conditions. Most images are from cases observed while in academia, as well as those encountered during annual mission work in Central Mexico. Comparison images for inclusion in the differential diagnosis will also be presented and discussed encouraging dental professionals to utilize all patient information when analyzing lesions. This course can serve as an excellent update for seasoned hygienists/dentists or a relevant review for new graduates entering the field.

Integrating Multicultural Experiences into the Dental Hygiene Process of Care 3 CEUs

Instructional Objectives:
Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

1. Describe key trends in the demographics of culturally diverse populations.
2. Identify general health beliefs and values of diverse groups.
3. Describe methods for effectively communicating with diverse populations.
4. Identify collaborative partners in the provision of oral health services to diverse populations.
5. Describe oral health issues of some cultures/ethnicities.
In a country of ever increasing diversity, clinicians must be equipped to interact with clients of varied cultural backgrounds. Those delivering effective, empathetic health care must be cognizant of the values, beliefs and attitudes toward health that people from various populations hold. The culturally competent oral health provider recognizes that cultural diversity means far more than just ethnicity, and reaching all groups with various barriers can be challenging. This session will present cultural diversity issues, how dental hygienists can become more culturally competent in patient care and ways to use this knowledge for addressing access to care barriers among the population groups discussed. Different models of cultural competency will be explained, and a variety of diverse population beliefs and ideals will be presented, emphasizing communication and incorporation of respect for diverse beliefs. Oral health issues of various cultures will be presented and discussed.




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  • January 28, 2017
    Marriott Charleston

    Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH

    "From Cradle to the Grave: Oral Pathology Through Life Span" - 3 CEU

    "Integreting Multicultural Experience into the Dental Hygiene Process of Care " - 3 CEU  Public Health conten

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  • September 23, 2017
    Bridgeport Conference Center

    Speakers TBA






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