LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DORINDA D. BALL (BSDH ’03)
School of Dentistry - Dental Hygiene
The enormous challenge of access to care in the oral health field has been the theme of the distinguished career for Dorinda Ball. She began her career in public health as a US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Officer with the Indian Health Service in Parker, Arizona, where she worked to provide comprehensive oral health care to those populations. She deployed on two joint services humanitarian missions providing direct patient care, and developing basic non-surgical periodontal therapy training programs for dental schools in Guyana and Papua New Guinea. She was appointed to the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Council on Public Health and was instrumental in the development of ADHA's "Career Opportunities in Public Health" guide. Her current assignment is in Washington, D.C. as a USPHS Commissioned Officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons Central Office. As a program management officer her duties are aimed at the recruitment of health care students and providers to positions in the 119 prisons under the auspices of the federal government. In 2008, Ball received the US Public Health Service Achievement Medal for her “exemplary performance, dedication, leadership and invaluable contribution while providing the highest standard of service during the USNS Mercy Pacific Partnership 2008 mission.” A recognized leader and valuable contributor to her peers and supervisors, she has received multiple other awards during her career with the USPHS.