Volunteer at an exciting community service event to treat children on Friday August 31st at Fenway Park! Students can help screen and assist dentists who will treat the kids of all ages that come in for prophies, restorative work and extractions.
There are approximately 16 student spots left, if you’re interested in signing up click here!
The D20 class is hosting a Spring Cleaning/Summer Move Clothing Drive for the St. Francis House! The donation box is in the 7th floor student lounge. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to donate any extra clothes they may have. The donated clothes will help clothe the local populations that the St. Francis House serves right here in our neighborhood.
On June 8th, Tufts students volunteered for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program by hosting a toothbrush workshop and the St. Francis House.
Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “Many of the SF community members were extremely interested in learning how to properly brush their teeth and use the products that were supplied to them. The community already had a good understanding of how their oral health influences their daily lives, but were still shocked to learn even more about how their oral health can impact their overall health. We also discussed their diet’s influence on their oral health. Many of the community members realized how much sugar is actually in the soft drinks they consumed; which most were unaware of the concentration prior to the workshop. They became more conscious of what they eat and how it impacts both their oral health and overall health. “
On April 26th, AAPHD volunteered at the Irish Immigrant Center Oral Health Initiative. Meera Ram (D19) and Keira Ginsberg (D19) conducted a Oral Health Promotions seminar at the Irish Immigrant Center (IIC) in Boston, MA. The IIC provides ESL classes as well as other services to refugees and newly immigrated individuals to the Greater Boston area.
During one the the intermediate ESL classes, Meera and Keira gave a presentation regarding oral health care, where to access care, and how dentistry works in the United States. In addition, they answered questions that the students had ranging from “How to implants work?” to “Does a night guard really help?”. Overall, the ESL and Tufts students benefited greatly by gaining knowledge about oral health and the immigrant population, respectively.
On May 31st, a group of D21s (Tiara Felder, Shelby Jackson, Chardai Lyde, Anthony Nutter) volunteered at UP Academy Dorchester Health and Wellness Fair. UP Academy Charter School is a tuition-free, college preparatory elementary and middle school in Dorchester, MA.
Anthony Nutter (D21) reflects: “I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at a community service event before. Having been invited by teachers at the school, we made the trip over to Dorchester for this wellness fair and it was amazing to see how enthusiastic the children were to learn about oral health. In addition to our dental jeopardy presentation, there was Zumba dancing, athletic fitness events, diet and nutrition presentations, and much more. Children were continuously coming up to our table and interacting with us, and their excitement for learning about oral health made for an incredible experience all around. This sort of health and wellness event is a fantastic way to generate enthusiasm for maintaining good oral health habits among school children and I would love to get involved with this sort of outreach again! “
Check out the television news coverage of D20s Brent Mullen and Keith Nguyen’s efforts surrounding the Boston Marathon Ruck!
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On May 17th, D21s Tiara Felder and Le Truong volunteered at Tufts Smart Smiles, a program promoting oral health care for children at the Josiah Quincy School in Boston.
Tiara Felder reflects: “I could never have anticipated the excitement and eagerness that the children of Josiah Quincy Elementary School had with their interests with oral health. Every little one ran up to the Tufts Smart Smiles booth ready to play the oral health trivia game. It amazed me how many facts they already knew. It was even more impressive that they were willing to learn new things about their oral health. It truly warmed my heart when the children came up multiple times to challenge themselves with the questions. These moments made me realize how important it is to impact children early. The things that they learn early will stick with them forever if they learn in fun and innovative ways! I definitely look forward to seeing their smiling faces again!”
On April 20th, AAPHD volunteered at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program–an organization aimed to provide and create opportunities for health care for the homeless in the greater Boston area.
Ceonna Parran (D19) reflects: “AAPHD had an amazing time volunteering at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Activity Night. We brought activities provided by the Public Health office and truly made a difference. The patients thoroughly enjoyed playing dental jeopard, wheel of fortune, and Jenga. The volunteers who attended the community service night were able to see the patients who participated dental IQ increase and our hearts smiled. “
On March 9th, members of The Academy of General Dentistry volunteered at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts in Boston, MA. They were able to discuss oral health care promotion and nutritional information related to dental health.
Dylan Batlle (D21) reflects: “We learned that the performing arts student were interested in having good oral hygiene habits. They were curious and receptive about how much sugar is in drinks and certain foods. This helped them be mindful of the effects it can have on their dentition. It was a unique opportunity to reach out to people close to our age and teach them. Volunteers present included: Jonathan Batlle, Luke Devaney, Colleen Oleynik, Lauren Lubowitz, Alyssa Kotin and Katie Murphy. “
HPSP members Keith Nguyen, Patrick McLaughlin, and Brent Mullen volunteered with The Mission Continues in Lowell, MA at the Hampshire Street Garden. Keith’s wife Sarah and little one Eisley also joined them. They had an extremely fun and rewarding day as they helped build a new shed, assembled and filled garden beds, spread wood chips, and planted perennials. After working, they attended the community BBQ with local residents.
HPSP members will be volunteering with The Mission Continues for future projects. Anyone interested in volunteering with us can e-mail Brent Mullen (Brent.Mullen@tufts.edu) for more information!