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!”
On September 18,AAPD’s E-Board volunteered with Room To Grow. Room to Grow is an organization that serves families from just before their child’s birth through age 3. They provide high-quality material items (like clothes, books and toys), individualized parenting education, and specialized referrals to community resources to ensure a healthy and secure start to the child’s life.
The AAPD team helped to organize baby clothes and pack materials to be stored and shipped to Room to Grow’s new satellite office at the Epiphany School in Dorchester. Dr. Forero and the E-Board also brought 140 children’s toothbrushes and 50 tubes of toothpaste to donate to the organization. Everyone had a great time and look forward to working with the amazing company again in the future!
Pictured (from left to right): Joyce Forbes (D21), Joyce Ganas (D20), Allie Penta (D21), Lauren Lubowitz (D21), Emily Thomas (D20), Samatha Sauers (D20) and Dr. Martha Forero
Asian Dental Organization (ADO) is actively looking to identify fluent Cantonese-speaking students who have an interest in being an interpreter for ADO-organized community service events in the community throughout the year. These events could include presentations to a large audience as well as one-on-one interpreting. Student interpreters would be compensated for their time. If you are interested, please email Irene Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a reserve list to be contacted for potential opportunities.
Smile Squad is participating at the yearly Tufts Community Day on Sunday, September 30th from 10:30 am to 3:15 pm. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in giving OHI and sharing the importance of dental care to children and their families.
Team Smile is a foundation based out of the Mid West. Its mission is to join sports teams and oral health professionals together to provide dental care to children. Colgate Palmolive is one of the sponsors TISDM was asked to participate. 18 student spots were available for our students to become assistants.
On Friday, August 31 for the first time, Team Smile made its way to Boston MA. The venue: Fenway Park. Lots of festivities including a DJ, face painting, hand held radiography, hygiene stations, triage stations. Wally showed up. Little kids, our students and a few faculty members tried their hand at hip hop! Upstairs in the Red Sox Suite Rooms, restorative treatment took place. So now we know how a fancy VIP room can be turned into a dental operatory with a fantastic view of the ball field!
Somewhere around 200 middle graders from PIPP School Boston attended!
Tufts students and faculty had a very nice time doing some good for the little kids in Boston and are excited to hear that most likely plans are in the works for Team Smile to return next year.