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!”
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.
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.
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.