Scenes from Pride Day 2019

The annual Boston Pride Parade took place this past weekend, with a central theme of Looking Back, Loving Forward. The parade combined the recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a hopeful message of love and strength, as many rights still require conquest. Many members of the Tufts community joined together in the march. Enjoy more pictures by clicking below!

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Career Day at Early Learning Center Malden

On May 23, 2019 students and faculty volunteered at Early Learning Center in Malden for Career Day. Approximately 140-150 students aged 3-5 years old came by the table with their teachers. Each student and teacher received a goodie bag filled a toothpaste, a toothbrush and a sticker. Educational reading materials and brochures were given to teachers to distribute in each student’s cubby.

Connie Lau reflects: “It was very rewarding for me to see teachers and students raising their hand to ask questions regarding dentistry, and if our pediatric department would see children with special needs. I would like to shout out to Dr. Forero for her support and guidance to make this event fun for the kids, and Dr. Sprott, pediatric resident, for volunteer her time talking to the kids and the teachers about what pediatric dentist do.”

Join the Tufts Children’s Hospital for Rodman Ride for Kids

For the second year in a row, Floating Hospital for Children has once again been selected as an affiliated charity for the Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 21. We hope you will consider joining the Floating Hospital for Children team for a 25 or 50-mile non-competitive ride or as a virtual rider (no cycling involved) and fundraise on behalf of Floating Hospital. All participants are invited to attend a fun and family-friendly, post-ride BBQ.

100% of funds raised will benefit Floating Hospital for Children. 

Participants who raise a minimum of $1,500 will have the opportunity to designate their funds raised to a pediatric department of their choice.

To learn more about the Rodman Ride for Kids please visit www.floatinghospital.org/ride4kids.

Light A Candle for Zambia

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.”- John F. Kennedy

This July, the Tisch Summer Fellows Program in collaboration with TUSDM will support five Tufts Dental Students on an exciting service learning project to support oral health service delivery and infrastructure in Zambia, Africa! In efforts to raise awareness and funding for the project, the team is selling soy candles. Any donations raised by the Tufts Team will directly benefit the project and will be used towards supporting oral health for people in Zambia that are in desperate need of oral care

The highly scented soy candle is in a cute hexagon jar. Features include an awesome eco wick (no metal/zinc and not paraffin coated). Candles are made and hand poured with high quality ingredients and love (:

ORDER YOUR CANDLES HERE! DEADLINE for order is: June 30th

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.

Bulletin Board Highlight: LGBTQA

Happy June TUSDM! As May comes to a close, we’d like to highlight the amazing bulletin board on the 7th floor by LGBTQA. Check out what Tufts Pride is up to this weekend here!

We are now beginning to fill the sign up sheet for the Bulletin Boards for the upcoming school year! Check out this link to sign up your student organization and get a month of the Bulletin Board spotlight 🙂

AAPHD Policy Fact of the Week

A recent CDC National Health Interview Survey found that a third of adults ages 65 and older had dental insurance in 2017, and the percent covered decreased with an increase in age.

Older adults living below the FPL were less likely to have dental insurance and to have visited the dentist, and more likely to have an unmet need for dental care due to cost compared with older adults living 200% above the FPL. An unmet need for dental care was defined as having a dental related problem but not being able to address it because of cost.  

This report provides evidence to support adding routine dental care to Medicare, as outlined in S.1423 Medicare and Medicaid Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2019. Medicare currently does not cover routine dental care.

You can find the link to the report here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db337-h.pdf

ASD Special Olympics Volunteering

The Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games is taking place June 7-9 at Harvard and BU. ASD will be sending a group from Sports Dentistry to volunteer with the Special Smiles program providing oral screenings, health education and prevention, and making mouth-guards with dentists who are a part of the ASD!


Here is the link to register for the Special Smiles program (Saturday June 8https://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/7G53MNJABBY8BGVV

There is also a need for volunteers for Track and Field, Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball and many other roles. Here is the link to register to volunteer for other roles: http://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/KSI0X4ERIRBK0L1Y

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