Category Archives: Community Service Activities

Dental Care at Fenway Park: Tufts Faculty and Staff Volunteer With Team Smile !

Team Smile is a charitable foundation started in the Mid Western States in the early 2000s. The premise is to put together sports teams, dentists, hygienists and dental student professionals together to help treat needy children’s oral health needs. Who doesn’t love sports and team spirit?! This is the second time that Team Smile has come back to Boston. Last August 2018 was the “ inaugural” event at Fenway Park to great success. Tufts Dental was asked first by Colgate Palmolive to fill the student spots. =

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Academy of Sports Dentistry gets involved in Inclusive Community Sports Day

ASD members, Jason Cummins (D22), Ajmal Khalid, Kristina Caravelli (D21) and Kristiana Person volunteered by teaching OHI and playing games at the first ever Inclusive Community Sports Day put on by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. There was free activities for all ages and abilities. Sports stations for soccer and track & field, fitness activities, yoga, wellness booths, nutrition tips, healthy foods from the Fresh Truck. The goal of the event was to come together as a community to celebrate inclusion and wellness while providing information about the work done by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. 

Oral Health Education Workshop at Casa Myrna

Chris Hines (D22) and Evan Gallegos (D21) conducted a workshop providing oral health maintenance advice to the residents of Casa Myrna, which is an organization that provides shelter to victims of Domestic Violence.

Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “Many of the shelter’s residents were unaware of TUSDM’s dental program that offers free dental services to victims of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. We were privileged to have the opportunity to recommend TUSDM’s program to them, and possibly connect these underserved patient’s to dental care they would otherwise have low access to. Our primary mission during our vocation as a dentist is to provide dental care to underserved patients, and connect underserved patients to dental professionals. We were extremely grateful for this opportunity that allowed us to work towards fulfilling our career goal. “

Volunteer now with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter!

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 hshs.engagement@gmail.com orvolunteer.y2y@gmail.com to learn more!  

AADMD Awareness on Autism

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!

D.M.D. International Students Provide Free Dental Care in Evensville, Tennessee

Earlier this month, Dr. Ronald Perry, Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and Director of the International Student D.M.D. Program, Dr. Paul Trombly, Associate Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care, and a group of 10 international students, all IS19s, provided 308 patients with free dental care in Evensville, Tennessee, where they partnered with the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM). The group from TUSDM was comprised of Durdana Ali, Oliver Austria, Khalid Dermoumi, Zarmina Khan, Amrita Majumdar, Maria Obregon, Minuja Ojha, Nikita Patel, Peng Shi, and Kumudra Soe. The TUSDM team ran the clinic on March 9th and 10th and also helped with setup of the entire clinic on March 8th. The group provided $155,577 worth of dental services. RAM has over 135,000 volunteers and runs mobile medical clinics in the U.S. and abroad, providing free dental, as well as vision and medical care to those in need.

Volunteer now with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter!

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 hshs.engagement@gmail.com or volunteer.y2y@gmail.com to learn more!  

D22 class gathers to create new and improved community outreach materials!

During a festive night of food and drink, members of the D22 class prepared posters and games to teach about oral healthcare in the community. With their contributions, we here at Tufts now have a collection of new and improved materials to help spread the word about dental care to the community at large. Come check out our new Jeopardy boards, and other games. 

Jacob Mack (D22) reflects: “From the projects to the people, and from the uncorking of creativity and stress, Art Night was truly a fun time.”

Tom Nguyen (D22) reflects: “Creating unique and beautiful poster arts that will create a long lasting impact in oral education for our youth was a very satisfying experience”

Elizabeth Bannister (D22) reflects: “Art Night was such a fun way to connect with classmates. It allowed us to forget about exams and be creative for a moment. I’m thankful to go to a school that is constantly allowing students to make their mark and have fun doing it!”

HDA Visits Most Holy Redeemer Parish

A few of the members of HDA had the opportunity to visit the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston this past weekend. It is always a great time working with the kids of the church and teach them about the importance of oral health care. Participating in this event, both last year and this year, it is nice to see how much the kids have learned throughout all of the visits, and how excited they get when they learn something new. The smiles on their faces makes the experience so special and priceless. 

Thank you to the following volunteers and faculty: Laimarie Alas (D22), Jesus Vivar (D22), Jocelyne Aguilar (D22), Maria Regalado (D22), Nilufar Gorek (D22), Tarlan Sedaghat (D22), Naude Pierre (D22), Daniela Rendon (D21), Gabriela Sangiovanni (D21), Andrew Kalil (D21), Mercedes Wert (D21), Shelby Jackson (D21), David Garcia (D20), Dr Forero (HDA Co-faculty) 

Jumbo’s Kitchen Volunteering with ADO

Take an hour out of your week to teach kids about dental nutrition and make a fun snack with them! A dental nutrition themed Jumbo’s kitchen session led by dental students in ADO will be taking place this Friday, March 1, 5:30-6:30pm at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (38 Ash Street, Boston, MA), Room 501. All are welcome to sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FxE4HScVwUYlEUXmFld8fh7O_wbMf_A0Cw1pbu9tjis/edit?usp=sharing