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.
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.
Two weeks ago, members from the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) visited the East Boston Health Fair at Most Holy Redeemer Parish to provide oral health education. While there, they played oral health education using games, gave puppet demonstrations, sang songs, let the kids try on loupes and answered questions. HDA Co-Community Outreach Coordinator Courtney Schick (D16) had this to say:
“We saw a large number of kids. It was wonderful to have our station as part of a larger community gathering. The kids were excited to be there and engaged. Events like this one help me relate to kids. I want to incorporate children into my practice so it is good to learn how to relate to them. I enjoyed being surrounded by Spanish and speaking some with adults there. I feel the event also shows an interest in that community. We as students are volunteering to take time to visit this community and that sense of ‘caring’ speaks loudly. I was proud to be able to help organize the event for the second year and feel that it was successful.”
SPEA will be holding a general information meeting Thursday, March 31st at 12pm in the Continuing Education Classroom on the 14th floor. Dean Hanlon will be speaking on professionalism during emergency situations in response to recent events at the school. More information to come, check back here for updates!
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