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.
The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS) and Y2Y Harvard Square need Tufts students and community members to help provide shelter at a critical time of the year for individuals experiencing homelessness in the local community. Volunteers are needed for breakfast, dinner, evening, and overnight shifts. Our shelters offer opportunities for students to develop understanding of the greater issues surrounding homelessness and gain leadership experience! Start your volunteer journey by applying for a regular weekly shift, a break shift, or one time substitute shifts; both individuals and groups are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com to learn more!
In a recent Journal of Public Health Dentistry article, researchers analyzed the potential economic impact of caries treatment with silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for young children on Medicaid.
The authors compared the standard restorative treatment for caries to arresting and averting the lesion with SDF, and assessed the frequency and cost of both procedures. They analyzed seven states where Medicaid currently reimburses for SDF treatment, and projected the visits and costs saved based on various possible levels of SDF use.
On February 26th three volunteers from Smile Squad visited the Boston Public School and gave oral hygiene instructions to kids ages 3-7 years.
Sara Alterman (D20) reflects on her experience volunteering; “We gave a live demo on proper brushing and flossing techniques using a puppet and then let the kids try it out for themselves. They loved the chance to be hands on with the puppet and it was a great way to give them feedback on their brushing techniques. At the end of the day we gave the children their own toothbrush and toothpaste to take home with them so they can keep up the good habits we taught them. The children and I both had a lot of fun and I would definitely volunteer with Smile Squad again in the future!”
SNDA members Tiara Felder, Gabriel Thomas, and Heather Smith had a lot of fun returning to Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Academy, a youth development and leadership program for Boston teens, for a dental career workshop. They took alginate impressions on typodonts, played dental jeopardy, and talked to them about a career in dentistry.
Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “The kids were really enthusiastic about wanting to know more about dentistry, and expressed that they took a lot of positive things away from the workshop. Many of the children reflected that prior to the workshop they did not know about all of the recognized specialties and different aspects of dentistry.”
Loaves and Fishes Meals Program, sponsored by the First Korean Church in Cambridge, serves hot restaurant-style buffet to the homeless, retirees, and members of the community weekly. A large volunteer staff consisting of members of the First Korean Church and outside organizations help to prepare, cook, and serve the food and clean up afterwards. Korean American Dental Association (KADA) members Urim Kang (D19), Cindy Park (D20), Jaeseong Park (D20), Joohee Park (D20), and Stephen Kwon (D20) were given the opportunity to serve along with 28 other volunteers.
Stephen Kwon (D20) reflects: “We assisted in preparing for the meal, then set up a small booth to provide oral hygiene instructions and hand out toothbrushes and toothpastes. More than 100 attendees visited our booth, many who were unacquainted with proper dental care. It was exciting and rewarding for us to engage with members of our community and guide them into developing good oral habits. We look forward to returning in the future!”
Tufts MEDS would like to cordially invite you to Middle Eastern Night. The event will be on April 26th at 7 pm in the Alumni Lounge. There will be food, dabke dancing, entertainment and henna, all for just $10/person! Everyone is welcome to the event and the link for tickets is below.
Tuesday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. The CDC estimates that autism affects 1 in 59 children in the United States. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication; some of these attributes may complicate dental care. Come gain experience working with this population through volunteering through AADMD at the Lee School and at other events. This Tuesday wear blue to show support and help raise awareness for ASD. The Prudential Center will also light up in blue in the evening!