Smile Squad Promotes Oral Health at UIANE Diwali Celebration!

Dr. Neela Gandhi, an MDS member along with Dr. Kadambari Rawal, faculty at Boston University Dental School and Tufts Dental School Smile Squad students Simran Kaur (D20), Thaís Antunes (D20), Suraj Bhopal (D20) participated in promotion of oral health at the United India Association of New England Diwali event on Sunday 11/11/18 at the Brown Middle School in Newton, MA. Diwali is considered the festival of lights and symbolizes victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a celebration of victory and marks the New Years in Hinduism. The students educated both children and adult on better brushing methods and gave out oral health brochures. Each participant left with an oral health kit comprising of toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, toothbrush timers generously donated by the Massachusetts Dental Society.

DAV 5K Participation was a Success!

On November 10th at Castle Island, students and faculty from TUSDM gathered to run the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 5K!
Brent Mullen (D20) reflects: “The DAV 5K turned out to be a success! We endured some rainy and windy weather but we stuck together as a team and motivated each other to finish with smiles on our faces! And most importantly, our team’s participation benefited the Disabled American Veterans who play an important role in making sure service members are able to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.”

SNDA Volunteers with YES!

On Tuesday November 6th, SNDA members Tiara Felder, Jonathan Candido, Gabriel Thomas, Marsha Robinson, and Heather Smith did a career workshop for students in middle/high school at Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a nonprofit dedicated to serving low income Boston youth in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “We talked about what a career in dentistry involved, made dental impressions, and played dental jeopardy. It was great to get to know their aspirations and get them excited about dentistry as a career option!”

AADMD Highlights World Kindness Day

AADMD is highlighting World Kindness Day on this Tuesday, November 13. World Kindness Day was introduced in 1988 and meant to highlight good deeds in the community and focus on the power of positive power to bring us together. Dental school can be very challenging and overwhelming but AADMD wants to remind everyone to take a moment to appreciate peers, faculty and staff’s kindness towards you and also ask you to offer something kind to something else. Ask yourself the question, “What does kindness mean to you?” If you are interested in learning more about the holiday, check out this video by the World Kindness Movement to see what kindness means to different people all over the world.

2019 NHSC S2S Loan Repayment Program – Application cycle open

2019 National Health Service Corps Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program – Application cycle open

HRSA just announced the opening of the National Health Service Corps Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program. The application cycle closes on December 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The NHSC S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment to medical and dental students in their final year of school in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need (HPSA 14 or above) rural, tribal, or urban community.

  • Students applying to the program must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical (MD or DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Program award installments are paid to students annually in a lump sum which, when applied to qualified health professional student loans, can significantly lower the overall debt for some scholars by reducing accrued loan interest amounts.
  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and could potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continued service at an approved NHSC site.

We invite you to encourage potential applicants to visit the NHSC website to learn more.

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Tisch College Research Informs Conversation on Youth Voting Ahead of Midterms 

A recent feature from Tufts Magazine highlights how research and scholarship from Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), and Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE), have been shaping youth voter engagement efforts across the country.

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Exclusive CIRCLE Poll on Youth Engagement in the 2018 Elections
An exclusive pre-election poll of youth (ages 18-24) from our researchers found that 34% of young people say they’re “extremely likely” to vote tomorrow—an unusually high figure for a midterm cycle. Our research also finds that young people are three times more likely to protest than in 2016, and that 80% of them believe their generation has the power to create change.

Read more at CIRCLE’s 2018 Election Center

Bill McKibben: The Way to Save the Planet

As part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series, we recently hosted renowned environmental leader Bill McKibben for a conversation about activism, global warming, and what we can all do to advance the fight for climate justice. His advice: to be less of an individual and more of a citizen, joining with others in movements that can affect large-scale policy change.

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Terry McAuliffe: Fighting for Principles

Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a recent guest of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series, spoke with the Tufts community about his career in politics, his accomplishments as governor of a politically diverse state, and the state of American politics. He also encouraged young people to serve, vote, and engage in democracy.

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Tisch College Speakers Talk Guns, Trauma, and Healing at Recent Events

This month we were pleased to host other outstanding guest speakers for conversations on some of the most pressing issues in our communities. Reverend Liz Walker and Dr. John Rich discussed their approaches to addressing trauma in communities of color, while visiting instructor Steve Israel and alumna Sarah Ullman, spoke about efforts to combat gun violence.

Join us for Upcoming Events
We’re excited to welcome exceptional leaders to campus in the coming weeks. Join us on:
– November 15: Republican Strategist Ana Navarro
– November 27: Microfinance pioneer Vikram Akula
– November 28: Former Secretary of State John Kerry
– December 3: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

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AAPD Volunteers with Room to Grow!

Pictured (from left to right): BACK ROW: Samatha Guan (D21), David Alpert (D21), Samatha Sauers (D20), Allie Penta (D21), and Lauren Lubowitz (D21)
FRONT ROW: Simran Kaur (D20), Kaitlyn O’Connell (D21) and Sophia Heitsmiller (D21)

On October 30, AAPD volunteered with Room To Grow. The organization serves families from just before their child’s birth through age 3. They provide high-quality material items (like clothes, books and toys), individualized parenting education, and specialized referrals to community resources to ensure a healthy and secure start to the child’s life. The AAPD team helped to sort through donated clothing, supplies and books.

Volunteer Sophie Heitsmiller (D21) reflects: “With a group of nine people, we were able to organize an entire room of donations within a few hours. It’s was rewarding to see how teamwork can help a non profit organization that will help mothers and children in need.”

Everyone had a great time and look forward to working with this amazing organization again in the future!

AAPD Members Teach local Children about Oral Hygiene!

On November 3, AAPD sent volunteers to three different locations across the city for Boston Center for Youth and Families’ Family Gym Day. This weekly event serves as a  free play program for families with children ages 3 – 8 to get up, out, and moving together on Saturday mornings. The volunteers played games with children, then made a short presentation about ways to keep their mouths healthy and general oral hygiene instruction. Each group brought new toothbrushes and toothpastes for all children in attendance. All groups had a great time volunteering with this amazing organization!

In the Roxbury Location: Shalin Shah (D22) and Lauren Lubowitz (D21) 
In the Dorchester Location: Laimarie Alas (D22), Romina Aznavaleh (D22), Elizabeth Banister (D22), Kathryn Sierra (D22)
In the South End Location: Emily Thomas (D20) and Samantha Sauers (D20)

SNDA’s Oral Health Education Workshop

On October 29th, Chris Hines (D22), Konstance Joseph (D21), Heather Smith (D20), Adjoa Baidoo (D21), Evan Gallegos (D21), and Amanda McKane (D21) volunteered at the St. Francis House to promote oral health care and good hygiene habits.

Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “We were able to hand out 100 toothbrushes and toothpastes to the St. Francis House community members who were very eager to learn more about their oral health. They demonstrated modifications, of their brushing and oral hygiene habits, that a dental student recommended, on a large typodont to ensure they were advancing their oral disease prevention techniques.”

AADMD’s outreach to students with special healthcare needs

On November 2, two members of AADMD, Lauren Lubowitz (D21) and Pranali Vyas (D21), worked with Professor Dolan at the Joseph Lee School in Dorchester to help give oral health screenings to students with special healthcare needs. The Joesph Lee School features a specialized program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Professor Dolan, Lauren and Pranali saw 5 patients and provided oral hygiene instruction, fluoride varnish, extra oral and intra oral exams and made referrals to Tufts Dental for treatment!

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