D19 Community Service is at it again! On 03/02/16, seven D19 students attended the Wednesday Supper Club at the Paulist Center in Boston. This dinner is hosted by the Paulist Center every Wednesday night and serves close to 150 homeless people. In addition to dinner service tasks including set-up, food distribution, and drink distribution, the D19s also brought along the Oral Health Jeopardy game and oral hygiene prizes.
Every Monday for one hour, volunteers read books to children and teach them proper brushing and flossing techniques. The program is designed to educate preschool-age children on the importance of developing proper oral hygiene habits.
Left to right: Kareema Roushdy, Soteji Adeuti, Tabitha Lewis
The D19 Community Service committees have been hard at work developing several different oral health outreach programs designed for different communities! On 04/08/16, the Geriatrics Committee visited the Center Communities of Brookline. D19s Kareema Roushdy, Tabitha Lewis, and Soteji Adeuti educated the residents on oral health through an interactive Jeopardy game, active dialogue on oral health preventive methods, proper toothbrushing demonstration, and gifts like toothpaste, toothbrushes, brochures, and other hygienic aids designed for the geriatric community. The goal was for the seniors to take away something new from this event, and from the feedback that the D19s received afterward, it seems that residents learned a lot of information that afternoon!
Risha De Leon (D16) has been spending time with the children and families at ABCD Chinese Church Head Start. This community program provides comprehensive services to families and children aged 3-5 years, such as education, family services, and health screenings. During her most recent visit on 04/04/16, Risha educated parents on basic oral health education, including topics like the importance of preventive measures, dental emergencies, and dental treatment. She also distributed many adult toothbrushes and toothpastes to the families. Through her commitment to ABCD Chinese Church Head Start, Risha is discovering the key to a successful community oral health program:
“I learned that a successful community program is based on a good relationship with your community partner. You have to listen to them and have the same goals and prospective outcome.”
If you are a Mandarin or Cantonese speaking student interested in participating in an oral health education program with ABCD Chinese Church Head Start, please contact Risha De Leon!
On March 26, 2016, members of Smile Squad participated in the Healthy Kids Festival at Boston Children’s Museum. Smile Squad’s table displayed a fun informational poster, and members gave oral hygiene instructions to the children and families with the Smile Squads “puppets” and various other activities, including a flossing activity. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were passed out to every child attendee. Check out the gallery above to see Smile Squad’s great work and fun with the kids!
If you are interested in participating in Smile Squad activities, please e-mail Smile Squad President Olga Raptis to be added on the listserv.
Thanks to Christine Robertson, office manger in the Department of Public Health and Community Service, for adding pearl “teeth” to puppets. These puppets can be used for students for oral health education in the field. Thanks Christine!
The Department of Public Health is looking for a few old loupes as a donation for oral health education programs. Kids love to put them on and look in each others mouths! This is a great way to get children more invested in their oral health and also get them interested in careers in dentistry.
If you have an old pair of loupes to donate, please contact Nancy Marks. Thank you!
On March 10, 2016, members of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) visited college students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Wellness Fair. Tufts AAPHD had a booth on oral health, gave out goodies like toothbrushes and toothpaste, had interactive games like Jeopardy, and gave out information on careers in the dental profession.
Last week, members of the D18 class visited the Castle Square Tenants Organization to present the second installment of their “Tooth Talks” seminars, this time discussing dental insurance. D18 co-community service chair Kimberly Meyers reflected on the event:
“The ‘Tooth Talks’ are a new initiative started by the D18s. It’s been a lot of fun being creative with the direction of the this segment of the ‘Healthy Living Seminars’ at CSTO. Insurance is not one of dentistry’s most riveting topics so I was happy we were actually able to engage our audience by playing their favorite game, BINGO. Although no D18 had the winning card, Kevin Campbell, Kyle Jonna, and Andrew Lum put on a really informative, engaging presentation that Monita Wong did an awesome job translating. I knew insurance was confusing, but this experience gave me a better appreciation for how much more convoluted and complicated the whole system may be to someone facing language barriers.”
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) visited a Girl Scout Troop to promote oral health. AAPD members read stories to the girls to promote oral health and then helped them with an art project that reinforced what they learned. Special thanks to Tracy Tchintchin (D18) for sending us some pictures!