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AAPHD Policy Fact of the Week

For this week, we would like to feature the following:

How oral health coverage in Medicare could improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities.

  • While some states cover extensive oral health benefits with Medicaid, there is still zero oral health coverage for those under Medicare.
  • Families USA, a federal level non-profit organization created state specific factsheets for our Medicare population.
  • Adding oral health coverage to Medicare could help close to 60 million seniors and people with disabilities.

For more information, please check out Families USA’s website (https://familiesusa.org/product/medicare-oral-health-coverage-your-state-would-improve-health-reduce-health-care-costs)

For Massachusetts, we have attached a PDF of the factsheet.

Bulletin Board Highlight: DC and MEDS

Happy August TUSDM! Swing by the 7th floor and check out the Dental Central board by the 7th floor mailboxes, and the Middle Eastern Dental Society bulletin board by the 7th floor student lounge! Check out photos from their organizations and other interesting events they have planned for the rest of the year!

Student Org Leaders: Sign up to reserve a spot for the bulletin board here!

Attention Student Group Leaders: 2019 Bulletin Board Sign Up are open!

The Dental Central bulletin boards on the 7th floor are available to highlight student group’s voice, vision and activities! Use photos and narratives—its a great way to highlight your goals and is a great way to inspire students to get involved.  Show your community service activities…or provide education on an issue important to the TUSDM community. Some groups pick a month that has particular significance to the meaning of their club (i.e. LGBTQA often chooses May in advance of Gay Pride; AAWD often chooses March – the month of International Women’s Day.)

Reserve a Bulletin Board on the 7th floor near Merritt and the Student Lounge: Check out this link to sign up your student organization and get a month of the Bulletin Board spotlight!

Wine Tasting for Health Thursday: Zambia wine tasting fundraiser

RSVP Required HERE

Entry Fee: Students – $15 , Faculty/Non-students – $30 

What is included: Wine Tasting & Food – Along with many chances to win prizes via Raffle and Auction! 

Each entry ticket will entry your name in a raffle. Each Raffle ticket is $5 or you can buy 5 for $20. 

The Zambia Project: 

In 2018, the longstanding TUSDM Zambian oral health outreach project (founded in 2006) was developed as the focus of a GSL course which requires a three-week country immersion as well as extensive project preparation and post field experience reflection and assessment. Lessons learned from this comprehensive project guide the refinement of the other five GSL projects. This project in rural Zambia is a collaboration of a local community, the Dental Training School of the Zambian Ministry of Health and TUSDM strategically utilizing existing health care infrastructure and incorporating community-oriented cost-effective oral health prevention. The program includes four components of oral health promotion—oral health education, emergency care for infection and pain, fluoride exposure and atraumatic restorative treatment (ART). Annual visits by TUSDM in collaboration with Zambian interdisciplinary oral health and medical teams provide exams, fluoride treatments, toothbrushes/toothpaste, extractions and tooth restoration. Since inception of the Zambian effort, local Zambian community oral health volunteers, trained and coordinated through the local rural health center, provide essential support for the program including on-going oral health education, identification of community dental needs and assistance for visiting teams.

Pictures from the Navy Commissioning on the USS Constitution

Take a few moments to appreciate these few pictures from the Navy Commissioning ceremony that was held on the USS Constitution Sunday May 19th, before the graduation exercise. Jesse Huston (D19) was commissioned into the Navy while another HPSP Navy student Pat McLaughlin (D20) was there to watch the proceedings. 

Tutoring Volunteer Opportunity at Josiah Quincy Upper School

Searching for a flexible volunteering opportunity close to Tufts? Well look no further! Josiah Quincy Upper School is seeking tutors for middle school and high school students! Fill out this form to express your interest. You will then be given information to complete a brief background check. After being added to the tutor list, you will receive weekly emails inviting you to sign up for tutoring shifts – you can sign up multiple times a week or not at all, based on your schedule. The students really appreciate your help!

Come Join Jumbo’s Kitchen Session this Friday!

There will be a Jumbo’s Kitchen session this Friday, February 1, from 5:30-6:30pm in Room 501 of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (38 Ash Street, Boston, MA). At last week’s session we had volunteers from Tufts medical, nutrition, and dental school teach the kids about fiber, and we decorated and ate rice cakes. Feel free to email Irene Lang (irene.lang@tufts.edu) with any questions.

Attn: D19 and Postdoctoral Students!

Apply to Honos Civicus!

Applications Due February 4! 

2018 Honos Civicus inductees from TUSDM

Have you demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and civic engagement?

The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life are accepting applications for the Honos Civicus Society Class of 2019.  Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating predoctoral and postdoctoral students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon TUSDM’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to civic engagement throughout their careers.

Click below for the Application!

Additional Questions? Contact

Professor Kathryn.Dolan@tufts.edu or Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu

Dept. of Public Health, TUSDM