Volunteers for Tufts ASDA's Smile, Share, and Care program make weekly trips to the Chinatown YMCA to educate preschool-age kids on the importance of oral hygiene. Volunteers often read books, ask questions, and color with the children while highlighting correct toothbrushing and flossing techniques. The Smile, Share, and Care program's mission stems from the importance of starting children early in their lives with proper dental hygiene and oral care.
The ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Volunteering opportunity was a great way to promote dental health to a young group. I went to the YMCA with a few other dental students, where we read a book to two classrooms of preschool children. Then, we asked the children a few questions, such as 'How many teeth do children have?' Their answers varied from 1 to 50, but eventually they figured out the correct answer. Whoever got the answer got a chance to brush Flossy the Flossasaurus’ teeth, and we taught them to brush in a circular motion and clean the tongue. I volunteered twice, so I got to see how much information the children had retained from before. When we asked how many teeth children have, the children came up with the right answer right away! My favorite part about the experience was when a girl cried and hugged Jimmy Assad (one of the other volunteers) when we were about to leave."
Each year TUSDM students join the Mission Hill Fair to provide dental education
for this under-served community. We are looking for 4 students to host our table from for approximately 11-3 (split shifts are fine!). And this year, students will have a range of new activities and games to use, thanks to the TUSDM creative team! To sign up, email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps have reached out to TUSDM in need of dental students! They are looking for a student organization or severel students to help take impressions for their Childhood Identification Program (CHIPS). The event will take place May 2nd, 2015 in Weston, MA. It would be great if a TUSDM student group could coordinate these efforts! If interested, please contact Nancy Marks at Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu.
Christopher Paolino (D16) and Jordan Shapiro (D17) represented Tufts at this years' District 1 Debate. With a crowd of over 400 people, our Tufts debaters gave a strong effort debating against the University of New England. The event was a huge success with strong support from Tufts students, faculty and Deans.
Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women's shelter in the United States. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Today, Rosie's Place not only provides meal and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing, and education services.
The Student Hispanic Dental Association, in collaboration with the Massachussets Hispanic Dental Association, participated at the St. Patrick Church Health Fair on Sunday, Decemeber 7. The organization provided screenings for 42 patients, as well as oral hygiene instruction! Check out the gallery.
Members of the Tufts Dental GLBTA volunteered at the Boston Living Center's 2014 Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25, 2014. The Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center (BLC) is a nonprofit community and resource center that fosters the wellness of all HIV positive people and responds to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community through education, treatment information and support services.
Pictured from left to right: Mitzi Liu (D15), Matthew Manzi (D16), Mark Gonthier (Executive Associate Dean), Bridget Mackey (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor), and Amit Sachdeo (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor).
Dental students with the South Asian Medical and Dental Association successfully screened over 50 community members at a local temple (Sikh Gurdwara)! The students performed oral cancer screenings, gave oral hygiene instructions and provided essential blood pressure monitoring for local members of the community. This is one of many screenings SAMDA will be doing throughout the school year. Keep an eye out for future screenings as SAMDA is always looking for volunteers!
Mandy Alamwala (D16), Yogesh Gera (D16) and Khusbu Patel (D16) were joined by SAMDA faculty advisor Dr. Harish Gulati.