On Tuesday November 6th, SNDA members Tiara Felder, Jonathan Candido, Gabriel Thomas, Marsha Robinson, and Heather Smith did a career workshop for students in middle/high school at Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a nonprofit dedicated to serving low income Boston youth in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “We talked about what a career in dentistry involved, made dental impressions, and played dental jeopardy. It was great to get to know their aspirations and get them excited about dentistry as a career option!”
On November 3, AAPD sent volunteers to three different locations across the city for Boston Center for Youth and Families’ Family Gym Day. This weekly event serves as a free play program for families with children ages 3 – 8 to get up, out, and moving together on Saturday mornings. The volunteers played games with children, then made a short presentation about ways to keep their mouths healthy and general oral hygiene instruction. Each group brought new toothbrushes and toothpastes for all children in attendance. All groups had a great time volunteering with this amazing organization!
In the Roxbury Location: Shalin Shah (D22) and Lauren Lubowitz (D21)
In the Dorchester Location: Laimarie Alas (D22), Romina Aznavaleh (D22), Elizabeth Banister (D22), Kathryn Sierra (D22)
In the South End Location: Emily Thomas (D20) and Samantha Sauers (D20)
On October 29th, Chris Hines (D22), Konstance Joseph (D21), Heather Smith (D20), Adjoa Baidoo (D21), Evan Gallegos (D21), and Amanda McKane (D21) volunteered at the St. Francis House to promote oral health care and good hygiene habits.
Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “We were able to hand out 100 toothbrushes and toothpastes to the St. Francis House community members who were very eager to learn more about their oral health. They demonstrated modifications, of their brushing and oral hygiene habits, that a dental student recommended, on a large typodont to ensure they were advancing their oral disease prevention techniques.”
This past weekend HDA joined the Mexican Consulate of Boston in New Hampshire to help provide services to the Mexican population there. The volunteers (Gabriela Sangiovanni (D21), Daniela Rendon (D21), Katherine Ynisare(D21), Lily Razavi (D21)) and Faculty advisor, Dr. Correa, enjoyed a wonderful morning/afternoon providing oral health instructions to adults and children of all ages.
Gabi Sangiovanni (D21) reflects: “We also played games with the kids that involved teaching them about nutrition and oral hygiene instructions as well. It was great to see how much the community enjoyed our visit and the help we were able to provide. We look forward to more events in the near future and hope to continue working alongside the Mexican Consulate to help the Mexican communities in the New England area.”
On Saturday October 13th, Lauren Lubowitz (D21), Rayna Silva (D20), Kristina Caravelli (D21), Marina Kanakos (D21), and Emily Thomas (D20) joined AAWD at the monthly Tufts Community Wellness Initiative (TCWI) at the Asian Community Development Corporation to present health information alongside medical and nutrition students. This month’s topic was osteoporosis, and AAWD presented on MRONJ. The audience was very engaged and had lots of questions. It was a unique opportunity to present in an interprofessional environment as well as practice public speaking skills.
Check out AAWD’s page to get more involved in the organization!
Come out on a Friday for a packing party of dental supplies for the New England Center and Home for Veterans. Friday November 9th, 2018, 2-4 PM , volunteers will receive a t-shirt from the Travis Manion Foundation.
A group of 6 volunteers from TUSDM joined ADO in giving a presentation on Dentures vs. Implants for around 30 seniors at the Golden Age Center in Chinatown on Thursday, October 4.
This presentation was requested by the seniors following oral health presentations previously given at the center. Three second year Cantonese speaking students Sammie Huang (D21), Andy Cheung (D21), and Alexis Yip (D21) gave the presentation in Cantonese together, and a third year, Ping Zeng (D20), was present to give the technical answers, which were then translated to Cantonese. Emerly Hsu (D21) and Irene Lang (D21) were also able to translate for some Mandarin-speaking seniors.
Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “For me, as ADO’s community service representative, the preparation for this bilingual presentation on a more technical dental topic was both a challenging and rewarding learning experience. Because I was unable to find one single volunteer with both the Cantonese language skills and the technical knowledge necessary to give the presentation, I needed the help of a team of people with separate, but necessary skills, to give the presentation. From collaborating heavily with Ping Zeng, a third year, on making the presentation, to having the powerpoint itself translated by 2 bilingual friends, to involving 3 separate bilingual D21s on giving the presentation, I had a humbling experience in working with a team to accomplish a goal that initially seemed deceptively simple.
Successfully finishing the presentation was very rewarding, because despite some hiccups with language barriers, the seniors were extremely engaged with this presentation than they had been with previous oral health instruction presentations. We spent almost half an hour answering their individual questions. This presentation at the Golden Age Center was a humbling, and exciting experience to learn more about how we can sometimes bridge the gap between what community organizations request and what we can do. “
On September 22nd, SNDA volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank–a non-profit organization that serves more than 500,000 people each year.
Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “Tufts SNDA had a beautiful time serving this past weekend at The Greater Boston Food Bank! We were able to sort 11,664 pounds of food which will provide 9,233 meals for families in need. This was particularly rewarding because September is Hunger Action Month, which aims to raise awareness about hunger across the nation. Shout out to Romina Aznavaleh D’22, Deena Raef D’22, Jesus Vivar D’22, Gabriel Thomas D’21, Lauren Smith D’21, Youstina Youssef D’20, and Rayna Silva D’20 for volunteering!”
On September 22nd, AAWD volunteered in the Giving Factory at Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization against child poverty.
Kristin Bradley (D20) reflects: “We were assigned to “shopping,” which meant that we looked at a list of items requested for each child by their social worker and put together kits full of the requested supplies. Overall, our two hours of work was able to help hundreds of kids.”
Rayna Silva (D20) reflects: “It was an honor volunteering at the Cradles to Crayons giving factory this past Saturday with AAWD helping to package essential items that children who are homeless or living in low income communities don’t have including clothes, shoes, and hygiene kits. I had such an amazing experience seeing the impact we can have in the Boston community and I can’t wait until our next volunteer opportunity at Cradles to Crayons!”