Huda Al-Hafidh, DDS, director of Dental Services at JPS Health Network, has won the Hispanic Health Care Heroes Award for her dedication to the children of Tarrant County. She will be honored at an award presentation on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
The Heroes Award is presented by the Hispanic Wellness Coalition, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and United Healthcare to recognize "distinguished individuals and organizations that provide health care and education to the Latino community."
Al-Hafidh, widely known as Dr. Huda, has spent the last two decades at JPS improving the dental health of a generation of school children. She initiated community partnerships with Title I schools in Fort Worth, taking dentistry into the classroom to provide preventive care and identify children in need of affordable treatment for decay or infection. The program grew to include school districts HEB, Grapevine-Colleyville, White Settlement, Everman, Birdville, Keller and Crowley. The effort is in its fifteenth year and provides services to more than 20,000 children annually.
"Oral health affects children's daily performance in school and their overall quality of life," said Dr. Huda. "I promised myself when I took my oath that I would advocate for oral health as passionately as anyone advocates for general medical health."