Evan Gallegos Reflects: “Chris Hines (D22) and Evan Gallegos (D21), provided preventative techniques to the St. Francis House community. There is a large and growing community at this shelter who attend our workshops to learn more about their oral health. Our presence is imperative to educating the large vulnerable St. Francis House population, so that they develop good oral hygiene and prevent oral disease.”
Five Asian Dental Organization volunteers [Ping Zeng (D20), Monica Cheng (D20), Trish Dang (D20), Irene Lang (D21), Emerly Hsu (D21)] attended Jumbo’s Kitchen on November 30.
Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “Jumbo’s Kitchen is an interprofessional community service organization that welcomes volunteers from all of Tufts University Health Sciences programs. This week’s session focused on dairy, and the kids were able to try several different types of milk and yogurt. Although there were slightly more volunteers than children due to the many volunteers from other health sciences programs, it was enjoyable to casually talk to the kids about eating healthy at the end of their weeks. Next year, we hope to organize a session specifically for dental related nutrition.”
On Friday, November 30, 4 volunteers from Asian Dental Organization [Angie Yau (D19), Irene Lang (D21), Emerly Hsu (D21), and Alexis Yip (D21)] visited the seniors at the Golden Age Center in Chinatown to give a presentation on how to understand and read dental insurance policies in the US.
Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “About 16 Chinatown seniors were present. The presentation featured English vocabulary focused on dental care and health insurance and was followed by an English language practice session on reading an insurance policy. This focus on incorporating English vocabulary followed their requests to learn some English, and was based on the knowledge that teaching some health-related English can help improve health literacy in ESL populations.
Despite the complexity of the material, the seniors were engaged in asking questions, participating enthusiastically with the practice questions, and reading over the vocabulary sheets we created especially for the presentation. They were especially excited to receive some fruit and Asian snacks as prizes for participation. Our volunteers received a round of applause and many “thank-yous” at the end of the presentation. It was especially helpful to have a 4th year fluent Cantonese speaker, Angie Yau, to give the presentation, as she had both the knowledge about dental insurance and the language ability to answer. Next year, I hope to continue being receptive to the requests of the organization and the seniors we are serving, as well as find ways to engage more TUSDM student volunteers in productive and mutually beneficial ways.”
Northeast Delta Dental has established an endowed scholarship at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. This is open to D20s! The successful candidate for this scholarship is required to have a strong connection to those states served by Northeast Delta Dental, which are Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Additionally, the student must also have a strong academic record, have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office, prioritize their CSLE selections so they may complete their externship in either Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont and commit to practicing in those three states upon graduation. Students who intend to enroll in a GPR or AEGD in those states can still be considered for the scholarship provided they plan to practice in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont upon completion of their program.
If, upon graduation, you intend to practice in either NH, ME or VT and currently have a strong connection to either of those states, please contact Sandra Pearson for further information regarding this scholarship by no later than Friday, December 7, 2018.
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An analysis of young people’s voter turnout by Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) found that 31% of youth cast a ballot in this month’s midterm elections—a substantial increase over the 21% turnout rate in 2014, and the highest in at least 25 years.
Watch Out, 2020:
Young Voters are on the Rise
“This is a sea change in political engagement,” says our Dean Alan Solomont in this special feature from the Christian Science Monitor reported in part from the Tufts campus. The article cites our youth voting data, quotes our research and JumboVote leaders, and shares insights from Tufts student leaders.
Tisch College’s CIRCLE team continues to share insightful research on youth voting. Read about young people’s historic support for Democratic House candidates, about the role youth of color played in Texas and Georgia, and about how social media shaped youth electoral engagement in 2018.
In a Facebook Live chat two days after the election, Tisch College’s CIRCLE Senior Researcher Rey Junco joined Tufts Republicans President George Behrakis to share some of our exclusive research, to discuss the election results, and to talk about what it all means for the future of American politics.
More Tisch College Election
Research in the News
Throughout this month, our youth voting data, analysis, and commentary have been featured in outlets like MSNBC, The Conversation, NBC News, The Boston Herald, Teen Vogue, and many others. It also appeared in an Associated Press story reprinted by hundreds of publications, including The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Save The Date:
November 27 is Giving Tuesday!
We’re proud of our ongoing work to study and promote the civic and political participation of young people—in elections and beyond. As Giving Tuesday approaches, we hope you’ll consider supporting this and all of our work as we strive to create a new generation of leaders ready to strengthen our democracy.
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.
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.