FIVE TUSDM STUDENTS HEAD TO ZAMBIA FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

This July, the Tisch Summer Fellows Program in collaboration with TUSDM will support five Tufts Dental Students on an exciting service learning project to support oral health service delivery and infrastructure in Zambia, Africa. The student team includes D19s: Jessaca York and Syed Hussain; D20s: Amani Sarao, Charles James and Zach Golub.

The program under the direction of Dr. John Morgan, Department of Public Health and Community Service (and with additional support from Nancy Marks, Tisch/TUSDM Community Service Coordinator), will provide students the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Zambian Ministry of Health, The Dental Training School in Lusaka, and the Namwala District Hospital, and local health providers to assist in the provision dental care and explore methods of oral health sustainability for rural and vulnerable populations in selected rural sites. Any donations raised by the Tufts Team will directly benefit the project and will be used towards supporting oral health for people in Zambia that are in desperate need of oral care. For more information on how you can help them reach their crowdfunding goals, please email Amanjot Sarao or Charles James

Support Oral Health Care for MassHealthMembers!

Please consider supporting the legislative efforts to extend periodontal service benefits to the adult MassHealth members. The ways you can advocate for this important legislation are outlined above! The funding is currently being considered as part of the final House of Representatives budget recommendations for the Commonwealth’s FY19 budget.

 

Touring Global Art Show on view on 15th Floor

Got a few minutes? Hike up to the 15th floor and check out the winners of the Tufts University-Wide Global Photo Contest.  The talented D19 Jessaca York  is amongst the winners! (Special thanks to Bill and James from Facilities for their help with the hanging!) The Exhibition will be up through the summer before heading off to another campus.

 

 

AO Tooth Day at Fenway Park!

Date: 7/10/2018 at 7:00PM
Venue: Fenway Stadium
Description: Come join Tufts, Harvard, and BU as we screen for Oral Cancer and give out toothbrushes to baseball fans. We have bleacher seats together with all three dental school. D22 Classes are invited to attend as a welcome to dental school event
CLICK HERE to fill out the form to reserve your tickets 🙂 
Tickets are now available for purchase and will be $36 each. Venmo Harjaap Singh at @Harjaap-Singh or e-mail us if you’d rather pay with cash.
 
Organizer: Alpha Omega
Contact: Molly Rosen (molly.rosen@tufts.edu

D20 Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive!

The D20 class is hosting a Spring Cleaning/Summer Move Clothing Drive for the St. Francis House! The donation box is in the 7th floor student lounge. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to donate any extra clothes they may have. The donated clothes will help clothe the local populations that the St. Francis House serves right here in our neighborhood.

D18 MiJung Myung selected as NHSC Students to Service (S2S) Scholar

Congratulations to MiJung for being selected to join the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program (LRP)!

She is now a member of an elite group of healthcare providers who are dedicated to providing the highest quality clinical services to our nation’s most vulnerable populations. One in five people in the United States lives in a primary care shortage area, which means they go without essential health services, or have to travel long distances to see their primary care practitioner. Too many Americans—particularly in underserved rural and urban areas—go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, routine dental work, and other care, simply because there is no one to provide care and treatment. At its heart, the NHSC is about bringing primary care to communities in need and you will help usto fulfill that mission. In order to fill this gap, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce created a program to send doctors and dentists to the least-resourced areas of the country.   It is a competitive program and honor goes to those who serve.  A big shout out to MiJung. We are proud she is bringing her skills to those in most need!

Fourth year medical and dental students who are committed in serving the underserved can apply to S2S program and those selected are awarded $120,000 scholarship towards loan repayment to work at a qualifying community health clinic for three years.

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Volunteering

On June 8th, Tufts students volunteered for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program by hosting a toothbrush workshop and the St. Francis House.

Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “Many of the SF community members were extremely interested in learning how to properly brush their teeth and use the products that were supplied to them. The community already had a good understanding of how their oral health influences their daily lives, but were still shocked to learn even more about how their oral health can impact their overall health. We also discussed their diet’s influence on their oral health. Many of the community members realized how much sugar is actually in the soft drinks they consumed; which most were unaware of the concentration prior to the workshop. They became more conscious of what they eat and how it impacts both their oral health and overall health. “

AAPHD Volunteers at Irish Immigrant Center

On April 26th, AAPHD volunteered at the Irish Immigrant Center Oral Health Initiative. Meera Ram (D19) and Keira Ginsberg (D19) conducted a Oral Health Promotions seminar at the Irish Immigrant Center (IIC) in Boston, MA. The IIC provides ESL classes as well as other services to refugees and newly immigrated individuals to the Greater Boston area.

During one the the intermediate ESL classes, Meera and Keira gave a presentation regarding oral health care, where to access care, and how dentistry works in the United States. In addition, they answered questions that the students had ranging from “How to implants work?” to “Does a night guard really help?”. Overall, the ESL and Tufts students benefited greatly by gaining knowledge about oral health and the immigrant population, respectively.

D21s Volunteer at Health and Wellness Fair

On May 31st, a group of D21s (Tiara Felder, Shelby Jackson, Chardai Lyde, Anthony Nutter) volunteered at  UP Academy Dorchester Health and Wellness Fair. UP Academy Charter School  is a tuition-free, college preparatory elementary and middle school in Dorchester, MA.

Anthony Nutter (D21) reflects: “I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at a community service event before. Having been invited by teachers at the school, we made the trip over to Dorchester for this wellness fair and it was amazing to see how enthusiastic the children were to learn about oral health. In addition to our dental jeopardy presentation, there was Zumba dancing, athletic fitness events, diet and nutrition presentations, and much more. Children were continuously coming up to our table and interacting with us, and their excitement for learning about oral health made for an incredible experience all around. This sort of health and wellness event is a fantastic way to generate enthusiasm for maintaining good oral health habits among school children and I would love to get involved with this sort of outreach again! “

Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.