Event Spotlight: Chinatown National Night Out

Over 400 children, youth, and adults came out Tuesday August 4, 2015 for the Chinatown National Night Out for activities, arts and crafts, performances and community resources. Each year, Tufts Dental participates in this fair to promote good oral health by distributing information on the effects of soda, candy, and the need for proper oral health care. Check out some of the photos sent in to us by Fahad Hegazi (PG Pediatric)!

Mandarin and Cantonese Speaking Students Needed!

IB Biology students at Josiah Quincy need volunteers!The ABCD Chinese Church Head Start program is currently looking for Mandarin or Cantonese speaking students to participate in an oral health education program! More information on the project can be found here. Any student who is interested can email Risha De Leon at Risha.De_Leon@tufts.edu.

Event: Chinatown Neighborhood Celebration this Tuesday!

If you are you a new D19 or just haven’t had time to get into Chinatown, this is a great event for you. On Tuesday, August 4 from 3:00-6:00 pm head over to Tai Tung Village, 240 Harrison Ave and join hundreds of people as they enjoy free food and entertainment! Families and friends gather to engage with the law enforcements agencies, civic groups, neighborhood organizations, neighborhood crime watch groups and local officials.

And stop by TUSDM’s Dept. of Public Health table and say hello to Pediatric PostDocs: Derek Leung, Carla Schmidl and Fahad Hegazi who will be hosting a TUSDM table with an oral health Jeopardy game and free toothbrushes and toothpaste.

After last year’s event, Boston Police Department Captain Kenneth Fong of District A-1, which covers Chinatown, commented, “It was great seeing everybody out… a lot of families, a lot of kids … it’s just really vibrant here in Chinatown. It always has been,” he said. “This is our 20th year here in Tai Tung Village celebrating National Night Out. So this is a great event every year and we hope to continue this and continue the great work that the community and the police department are doing together.”

Looking for a Few Creative Student Volunteers!

IMG_0674We have some great materials to engage the community members but we could use a few more! I am looking for some creative volunteers to develop a few more games and community-based activities.  If you have a few hours over the next month or two, give me a shout. Also looking for students to check out the literacy level of some of the games we have so that we can make sure they are age-appropriate! Contact Nanc at nancy.marks@tufts.edu

Welcome D19s!

Dental Central would like to welcome the TUSDM class of 2019! Dental Central will be your one-stop destination for everything student organization and community outreach related here at Tufts!

Some Dental Central Facts For You:

  • Dental Central was launched in September of 2014
  • We have over 20 student organization represented on the site!
  • Since launching, we have had over 10,000 page views!
  • We have posted 91 stories and spotlights on TUSDM students making a difference in the community!
  • Over 300 photos of public health and community service outreach events have been posted to the site!

While you’re here, you can:

To Join Us:

  • Check out your Tufts email every week to see what events are coming up in the week!
  • Email us at tuftsdc@gmail.com with any questions!
  • Coming soon… Dental Central on Facebook!
  • If you think you’d like to get involved working with the Dental Central team, check out our “About” Page and email Nancy Marks for more details!

Volunteers Needed!: Chinatown National Night Out

chinatown-1-960x600Dental Central is looking for students to volunteer on Tuesday, August 4 from 3pm-6pm. (rain or shine!) for Chinatown National Night Out. Located at Tai Tung Village, or right next to Posner Hall, the event will host our Chinatown neighbors – usually 500-700 guests.
There will be various community groups who will also have tables at the event. Past groups have included:  the Wang YMCA, Boston Police, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Asian YES.  There will be free food and entertainment as well.
For more information or to volunteer, email Nancy Marks at nancy.marks@tufts.edu

Community Water Fluoridation Training Program

Last week, Jordan Shapiro (D17) and Mandy Alamwala (D16), on behalf of Tufts ASDA, and Kathy Dolan welcomed the BOHMAC (Better Oral Health Massachusetts Coalition) for a Community Water Fluoridation Training Program.

The speakers at the event included expert trainers:

  • Matt Jacobs, Children’s Dental Health Project, Washington DC
  • Peter Mitchell, Salter Mitchell, Alexandria, VA
  • Jodie Silverman, Health Resources in Action, Boston, MA
  • Dr. John Fisher, Mass Dental Society, Salem, MA

Attendees learnt how to sort through the claims and counter-claims around community water fluoridation; how to communicate science and community objectives in today’s media environment; and how to locate and utilize credible resources to explain what the evidence shows about community water fluoridation.

Check out some pictures from the event below.

HDA at the East Boston Health Fair

Earlier this month, the HDA headed out to the Most Holy Redeemer Church in East Boston to promote oral health education and perform basic screenings and oral hygiene instructions. Event organizer Courtney Schick (D16) had this to say about the event:

“It was nice to present in East Boston in Spanish. I believe this language connection made a more effective delivery of our important information. I would like to improve our screening documents so that we are gathering data that can be used in a meaningful way.
It is extra effort to put health fairs together, but reaching community members with oral education makes the effort worth it. Additionally, setting up an opportunity for classmates/students to interact and educate community members outside of the walls of Tufts adds even more justification for putting the event together.”

You can check out some pictures from the event in the gallery above!

TAHSS Program Looking for Volunteers

IMG_8100The Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) Program would like to invite all students, of all organizations to join them in an amazing educational and mentor opportunity. Any members of D’16, D’17, and D’18 class that are interested and available July 6 – July 31st 2015 that would like to join the TAHSS team; please email Ingrid Romero (D17) at Ingrid.romero@tufts.edu expressing your interest. They are seeking volunteers for the pre-clinical workshops and mentors for the UG clinic.

For more info on the program, click here!

Healthy Teeth Healthy Bodies Kids Gallery

This week we our proud to showcase some of the artwork made by the Healthy Teeth Healthy Bodies kids! Thanks to Khusbu Patel (D16) for sending in all of their great work. Check out the previous front page article to see what Healthy Teeth Healthy Bodies have been up to the past month.

Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.