The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest leading hunger-relief agency in New England, providing over 57million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to haave enough to eat each year, feeding more than 140,000 people each month. On February 6, 2017, The D20 Community Service representatives were able to organize a class volunteer event to help organize and distribute food at the GBFB center.
Gloria Enjuweh (D20), who is one of the Community Service class representative reflects:
“It’s always satisfying seeing members of the D20 class working together towards a common goal. Being a part of this simple but rewarding mission has made me become even more sensitive to the needs of others. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) works passionately to end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts by providing neighbors in need with healthy food and resources. Their mission aligns itself with my beliefs; healthy food, healthy kids, and healthy communities. Its fulfilling to be a part of an organization that provides a service to those who need it the most.”
D20 Participants: Gloria Enjuweh, Robert Brookings, Sandy Lopez, Dena Shuster, David Michaels, Allan Mcquarrie, Mitchell Mcshane, Shivani Bhatt, Lindsey Gallagher, Matthew Y.Chan, and Mariana Barry.
Maureen Favorito, RDH is a public health dental hygienist with Smart Smiles. She participated in Mildered Ave Middle School Health Fair located in Mattapan, MA. She educated middle school students how to improve their oral health with various games, activities, and goodies!
“I was part of the Mattahunt Middle School Health Fair on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. All students in grades 6,7, and 8 attended the Health Fair. My assistant Vanessa helped me. We played Dental Jeopardy and Discussed Dental Careers. The 6th and 7th graders were very interested, but the 8th graders did not seem as interested. I think the students all learned some new dental information about, especially how often to brush and floss and which foods are not healthy for your teeth.”
Special thanks to our TUSDM Department of Public Health for donating the toothbrushes for packages for formerly homeless seniors in honor of One Boston Day. It was incredible to be able to support and contribute in local efforts to help the community through this phenomental organization. The donated toothbrushes were stuffed into reusable bags along with over $100 worth of everyday household products and gift cards for groceries.
Ellen Roth, Director of Development from the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly (City of Boston) shared her sincere gratitude with us (:
Special thanks to Richard Hong (D20) and Yeonkyung (Jenn) Lee (D20) for creating this beautiful masterpiece. The poster serves as a fun and interactive tool to teach the local community of the different types of food that can help decrease caries risk! Various student organizations will be able to use this new poster to take to volunteer sites. We’re so excited to add this new gem to our collection!!
Please email Nancy Marks if you have ideas or would like to contribute to creating fun, educational activities (guidelines, jeopardy, games, activities, etc.) such as this!
SWARM TO SERVE: The buzz surrounding an initiative to replenish 18 community libraries and how a TUSDM student is partnering to improve health literacy.
Written by: Gary Kersey, Jr.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine ‘20
The youngest and first to co- author a children’s dental book, entitled: “Everyone Smiles”. Member of the Health Literacy Intensive at TUSDM. Community Service Liaison for the Student National Dental Association.
This past Spring Break, I was able to form a partnership with the Charlotte Hornets/NBA and Bank of America on their 2017 Book Drive to replenish 18 libraries within the community. I became aware of the book drive while browsing the Hornets’ website as I am an avid sports fan and always like to keep up with the latest news involving sports teams from my home-state. While on the website, I came across a post regarding a Book Drive which sparked a thought to reach out to a friend who serves as the Manager of Marketing for the Hornets organization.
Continue reading Swarm to serve | Gary Kersey (D20)
Well now that we have taken some time to enjoy a winter break and hopefully have past the worst of the snow storms, Smile Squad is kicking off with their first event of the year!
They would like to have 3-4 volunteers to visit the Boston Children’s School. You will be teaching kids the importance of good oral hygiene and how to properly take care of their teeth and overall health. The event will take place the morning of February 28 from 9am – 11am. Transportation to and from the school will be given by Dr. Wallach and Ashley Wallace (D17), they will meet in the lobby downstairs at 8:45am and return to school about 11:30am. For those of you who have afternoon patients or a 1pm class you will be back with plenty of time (:
There is limited space so volunteers will be on a first come first serve basis. This is a great experience, and for those of you who have participated in previous Smile Squad events know it is a lot of FUN!
For more details or to RSVP for the volunteering opportunity please email Ashley Wallace (D17) !!
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, dentists, dental ofﬁce managers and students from Tufts, UNE and BU gathered together for an engaging Women’s Summit at Yankee Dental Congress.
Dr. Kendra Remington opened up the meeting by introducing an entertaining, dynamic duo Kimberly Miles, founder of Miles in Heels Productions, and Victoria Nessen, President of NKA Marketing. Kimberley and Victoria got us out of our seats and applying effective networking strategies they shared with us on topics ranging from how to recognize and eradicate ‘verbal gremlin’s,’ how to make others feel comfortable, how to make yourself memorable, and how to insert (or politely excuse!) yourself from a conversation. All topics were compelling and applicable! Continue reading Sangita Murali, D18 Reflects on the Women’s Summit at Yankee!