Creighton Dentist Receives Volunteer Award from Boy Scouts
Gary H. Westerman, D.D.S., professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry, Creighton University School of Dentistry, will receive the Russell C. Hill award from the Boys Scouts of America, Mid-America Council on Nov. 7. This volunteer award is the highest recognition for individuals making an outstanding contribution to character education at the local, state, or national level that has added to the quality of life for families through Learning for Life programs. Learning for Life programs help youth develop social and life skills, assist in character and career development, and help youth formulate positive personal values. It prepares youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential.
Creighton’s School of Dentistry hosts the Exploring Dentistry Program for high school students, from the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, who have an interest in dentistry as a possible career. Dental school faculty and students serve as mentors for ten evening sessions in this interactive educational program.
Westerman has coordinated this program for more than 20 years along with numerous other community and preventive dentistry activities for the School of Dentistry. He is also the second chairholder of the Oscar S. Belzer Endowed Chair in Dentistry and holds secondary appointments in the School of Medicine and is a faculty associate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics.
The Mid-America Council serves more than 33,155 youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.