Category Archives: Community Service Activities

D19 Community Service: Paulist Center Wednesday Night Supper Club

2ea281018ac8d94ece589b40952800ccD19 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.

Dan Allen (D19) reflects on his experience and the renewed sense of gratitude it provided for the blessings in our lives: Continue reading D19 Community Service: Paulist Center Wednesday Night Supper Club

Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

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. 

Gopi Surti (D18), Director of ASDA Smile, Share and Care, reflects on her experiences: Continue reading Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

D19 Community Service: Center Communities of Brookline Senior Outreach

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!

See what volunteers Kareema and Tabitha had to say about their experiences: Continue reading D19 Community Service: Center Communities of Brookline Senior Outreach

Oral Health Education for Parents at ABCD Chinese Church Head Start

IMG_3149Risha 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!

Event Spotlight: Healthy Kids Festival at the Boston Children’s Museum

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.

Pearly White Puppets for Oral Health Education!

Puppets with pearly whites
Pearly whites!
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!

Old Loupes Donation for Oral Health Programs

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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!

AAPHD at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts Wellness Fair

AAPHD at MFA Wellness Fair
Left to right: Arietta Rigopoulos (D19), Matthew Fenimore (D19), Rachel Boschetti (D19), Swaitha Maripuri (D19)

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.

AAPHD Community Outreach Representative Swaitha Maripuri (D16) had wonderful things to say about her experience: Continue reading AAPHD at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts Wellness Fair

D18s Give Their Second “Tooth Talk” on Dental Insurance

IMG_2111Last 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.”

AAPD Talks with the Girl Scouts

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!