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El reto para esta semana es practicar nuestro español!

Miren lo que los miembros de HDA hicieron el pasado Noviembre!

El pasado 18 de Noviembre, miembros de la organización de Hispanic Dental Association tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir en la Feria de Salud y Educación para Latinos for Waltham.  En el evento los estudiantes que participaron ofrecieron instrucciones de como mantener una boca saludable. En el evento participaron 20 familias necesitadas de la comunidad de Waltham y se les otorgo pavos y alimentos para las festividades de el Día De Acción de Gracias. Entre las actividades los miembros de la comunidad también pudieron hablar con un abogado de Inmigración, y una especialista financiera para ayudar a las personas y contestar sus preguntas. De parte de los Representantes de la Comunidad de Servicios de HDA le queremos dar las gracias en especial a Christian Mendoza (D20) y a Janelle Diaz (D20) por participar en este evento y hacerlo un éxito.

Para la próxima semana esperen la versión en ingles y ¡actualicen sus habilidades bilingües! (Please check out the English version next week!)

SNDA Love and Happiness Event

On February 8th, the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) held their Love and Happiness event! Many students and faculty came out to make Valentine’s Day cards for the pediatric inpatients at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Check out some of the creative cards they made!

Salsa Night Fundraiser

Give Kids a Smile along with Alpha Omega are hosting a Salsa Night on Friday, February 9th from 6-9PM, in efforts to raise money for TUSDM’s 2nd annual Give Kids a Smile event – A national outreach program created by the ADA Foundation that serves children in need of dental care, free of charge and allows them to potentially find a dental home.
The Salsa Class will be taught by Tuft’s very own D’19, Alejo Lamas! The event will be in the Alumni Lounge on the 15th floor. The class costs $10 for dancing only and $15 for dancing and drinks! There will also be snacks provided for everyone. Please see the attached flyer for more information. To sign-up via this google doc:

HPSP Alumni at Yankee Dental

Yankee Dental Congress in Boston attracted some of Tufts Dental HPSP alumni  to come back to Tufts! Dr. Rankin seized the moment and had two of our alumni, Dr. Lauren Gadeberg D14 (Navy) and Dr. Will Archer D16 (Air Force) come back to speak to current HPSP students. At the Tufts reception at the Yankee, he also met with several of other Tufts HPSP alumni.

Pictured: Drs. Gadeberg and Archer along with our HPSP group; and at the Yankee, Dr. Rankin is with Dr. Mike Lee, D11 (Navy), Dr. Gadeberg and Dr. Jimmy Teebagy, D14 (Air Force).

Lessons in a Lunchbox with AAPD!

On February 6th from 9AM-12PM, AAPD members along with Dr. Martha Forero, a clinical instructor in the Pediatric Department, will be heading to Josiah Quincy School for Lessons in a Lunchbox! This is a time to teach the kids about the importance of oral health and proper nutritional habits in a fun way. Volunteers will arrive at the school at 9 am (an hour prior to the presentation to have time to set up , to organize table displays and to determine the role of each of the volunteers).

The duration of the program is approximately one hour, that will include the presentation (description of the lunch box and video) distribution of the lunch boxes, and oral hygiene demonstration. At the end of the presentation we will make sure to have enough time for collection of demonstration aids (puppets, models) and Q&A from our volunteers.

If you would like more information about Lessons in a Lunchbox, check out their website:

“Many Faces of Mental Health” Exhibit Reflection

This past weekend, a few of TUDSM students visited the “Many Faces of Mental Health” exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science. Check out how it went!

Vendita Correia (D20) reflects: “I recall the words in the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, “be excellent to each other.” On Friday evening January 26, 2018, myself along with classmates Anne-Marie Vu D’19, Brent Mullen D’20, Dora Piedra D’20, Joseph Copeli D’21, and Shannon Walsh D’21, attended the, “Many Faces of Mental Health” exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science accompanied by the artist Lynda Cutrell. This impactful exhibit broke down many of the stigmas and misconceptions concerning mental illness. On the back wall of the exhibit were 99 images of people with mental illnesses and those who love them. These were people who represented various professions, backgrounds, and demographics.

As I reflect on this experience, I realize that we walk amongst many who suffer from various mental illnesses. They are our family, friends, WE are them. The exhibit challenges you to really consider how mental health is often treated in our society, as less of an illness and more of a social weakness. So much so that many groups do not accept or allow their members to adequately deal with what they are facing. This is why the section of the exhibit Census Datawas so encouraging because it showed various shades of brown representing 850 people with various mental illnesses. Mental illness is not exclusive and can truly affect anyone. I was truly grateful to have experienced this exhibit with my classmates and it was a great reminder to “be excellent to each other” because we never know the battles each of us face.  Thanks to Dr. Patterson, Professor Dolan and Nancy Marks for helping to make it all happen.”

Join Tisch College for an Exciting Semester of Speakers!

This upcoming month, Tisch College will be hosting a series of speaker presentations! Headlining their Distinguished Speaker Series this semester are: Former Vice President Al Gore, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards.

  • Tuesday, Jan 30th 6-8 PM: A Panel on Educating Global Citizens
  • Thursday, Feb 1st- Friday, Feb 2nd: Prison & Education Symposium
  • Saturday, Feb 3rd: Thurgood- a One-Man Play
  • Tuesday, Feb 6th 6:30-8:30 PM: Film Screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – sequel to Al Gore’s documentary
  • Wednesday, Feb 7th 6:15 PM: Speaker Series: Al Gore

To check out the full lineup, which also includes the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and Eric Washington, Former Chief Justice of the DC Court of Appeals: visit their website here and check out the DC calendar for more information about each event!

4th Annual Asian Health Symposium

Interested in community-building, networking, and learning about and addressing the impact of stress on Asian immigrant populations?

Join us, on Friday, April 6th from 9:30AM-1:30 PM at the Pao Arts Center in Boston, MA and learn about: 

The stressors related to daily living and social determinants facing Asian immigrants, available resources and services for mitigating the impact of stress in the community, and the value of cross-community dialogue in addressing the impact of stress
on Asian immigrant communities!

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Veterans Day Service with The Mission Continues

Members of the Academy of LDS Dentists recently teamed up with The Mission Continues on Veterans Day for a day of service at the Haynes Early Education Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts!

Brent Mullen (D20) reflects: “We spent the day organizing the library, building shelves, and cleaning up around the school. If you are interested in volunteering with the Academy of LDS Dentists at future events, contact Michael Hammon ( or Brent Mullen (”

“The Fierce Urgency of Now”: MLK Symposium

On January 22nd, Tufts University will host a celebration honoring the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the Breed Memorial Hall.

This afternoon symposium on civil rights will open with a performance by the Tufts Black Theater Troupe. Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Co-Director of the Tufts African American Freedom Trail Project, will then place our current moment in historical context. Next, a conversation with Boston-based community organizers and activists will discuss how this contemporary moment is shaping their work at the local and national levels.

Click here: (MLK_symposium_2018_letter ) to learn more about the event!

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