MDS Beacon Hill Day

Beacon Hill Day is upon us (MAY 1st)! 

Dentists and students will be going to talk to our elected officials to help pass laws that will protect our profession!

Do you need to know anything about lobbying before you go? 

No! MDS will give you all the talking points and also give you a rundown of what these issue are and why they are important to us as we practice dentistry. 

What we will be talking about:

  1. Costs shifting within the delivery of Dental Care
  2. Making sure that dental benefit corporations have transparency
  3. Reforming licensure exams
  4. Anesthesia coverage for children
  5. Adults on Mass Health to obtain more benefits 

What will the day look like?

  • 8:30- 9 Registration and Check-in
  • 9- 10:45 Breakfast and Issue briefing (free meal)
  • 10:45 – 11 Walk to the State House
  • 11- 12:30 Individual meetings with Legislators
  • 12:30 – 2:30 Lunch time and Afternoon Agenda (free meal)

Is it going to be worth it?

Yes! Lobbying is fun – and that’s a fact. 

It’s not too late to register! http://cqrcengage.com/madental/app/register?0&m=391263 Come to the Hill and see how you can make a difference.

I hope to see you there! Please reach out to me with any questions!

Smile Squad Engages with Children at Healthy Kids Festival

Tufts Dental students had the opportunity to set up a table representing Smile Squad at the Boston Childrens Museum’s Healthy Kids Festival.

Mehtab Manji (D22) reflects: “We had a great turn out of volunteers who were engaging the kids into oral health topics using fun activities. The kids had a great time brushing the puppets’ teeth and flossing out play dough from between blocks. I loved how we got to interact with each kid individually and modify our activities depending on their age. At the end, each kid got a goody bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste which made their experience even more enjoyable. Can’t wait to go back next year!”

D19s’ Gabby Lieberman and Anne Marie Vu receive Presidential Award!

Congrats to Gabby Lieberman (D19) and Anne Marie Vu (D19) for being awarded the Presidential Award for Civic Life. This prestigious awards recognize students from across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership during their time at Tufts. Pictured below are Nancy Marks, Prof. Irina Dragan, Gabby, Taylor, Anne Marie and Anne Marie’s mother.

AAPHD Policy Fact of the Week

A Deep Dive into the Connections Between Oral and Behavioral Health”

  • Families USA and Mental Health America discuss the interaction between oral and mental health and its consequences, showing the many barriers to good oral health experienced by this population.
  • For people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders, good oral health is especially important.
  • However, with all the medications being prescribed, they often cause dry mouth, which may result in painful swelling and stomatitis, thrush, and hypersalivation, further exacerbating oral health problems.
  • The CDC estimates that over a lifetime, close to 50% of Americans will be affected by some type of behavioral health issue.
  • With such large numbers, it is time to start pursuing policies that integrates mental health and oral health into the conversation.

For more information, see the attached fact sheet by Families USA.

A Conversation with His Excellency, Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos served as President of Colombia for two terms from 2010-2018. He was the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the protracted 50 year war with the Marxist guerilla organization FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia).

Click on the flyer for more info!

5th Annual Asian Health Symposium: Moving Forward, Looking Back

Interested in hearing the results of research conducted in Boston’s Chinatown/Asian communities? Wondering what’s next? Join us, and learn about:

  • Exciting research projects completed in Boston’s Chinatown/Asian Communities in the past five years
  • Key findings/takeaways from these research projects
  • The value of increased community engagement and collaboration with research in your community

This event is sponsored by Tufts CTSI and hosted by Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research (ADAPT). Space is limited. Please sign up by April 15 by visiting this link or scanning the code:

https://www.tuftsctsi.org/registration-5th-annual-asian-health-symposium/

For more information, email Annie Chin-Louie at
ychinlouie@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Special Global Service Trip to Zambia for D20 and D21s!

This special Global Service Learning experience will last 3 weeks. Note: Applications are due: Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 6pm.To read the reflections from last years group, check out this link.

For an overview of the trip from last year, check out this background and itinerary from last year’s trip!

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Ayanna Pressley

Monday, April 22 | 6:30 PM | ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural Center

Join Tisch College for a conversation with U.S. Congresswoman (MA-7) Ayanna Pressley. Congresswoman Pressley was sworn into office in January 2019 and recently proposed an amendment to lower the national voting age to 16 for federal elections.  She previously served on the Boston City Council from 2010 – 2019, where she led the establishment of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities; championed the introduction of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum in Boston Public Schools; convened the first “listening-only” hearing in the Council’s history, focused on gun violence and trauma; and fought to spur economic development in underserved communities. She was the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council and the first elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Before serving in elected office, Congresswoman Pressley was a senior aide to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and to Senator John Kerry. Follow the conversation at #PressleyAtTufts.

Want to ask Congresswoman Pressley a question at the event? RSVP for the public forum and submit your question at https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/content/ayanna-pressley

THE SECOND ASDA DISTRICT 1 NEWSLETTER IS FINALLY HERE:

This issue is the second issue of the District I’s Newsletter, “Pulp Fiction.” This issue focuses on the similarities and differences between each school in the District. We have identified the ideal study spots from Connecticut to Maine, showcased our talented District I dental students, and showed you that we all go through similar everyday struggles.

Continue reading THE SECOND ASDA DISTRICT 1 NEWSLETTER IS FINALLY HERE:

quorum boston: Queer Composers and Resistance to Erasure

Join Tisch College or this special event as part of our Program for Public Humanities. Lorraine Fitzmaurice and Quinn Gutman, members of the choral group Quorum Boston, will discuss their organization’s work to reist and reveal the history of queer erasure in choral music and to bring thee composers back into the musical canon.

WHEN: Wednesday April 17, 2019 @ 4:00 PM

WHERE: Rabb Room, Tisch College

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