We received some great pictures from Tracy Tchintchin (D18) from the Mission Hill Health Fair that took place on April 18th. Check out the gallery!
This winter, TUSDM’s Dept. of Public Health applied for and received a grant from the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy® (NCOHF) to run a Healthy Teeth/Healthy Body (HTHB) oral health education program. Based on the idea that active participation in learning is a key component in the internalization of information leading to behavior change, the project also boasts a Poster Contest for all K-8 graders as a way to deepen their engagement with the material.
Key to the success of the grant was identifying student groups and leaders who would commit to the project. D16 Student leaders from Smile Squad and the Association of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD)—Amy Albright, Khusbu Patel, Olga Raptis, Anjalee Shah began meeting with Nancy Marks, Community Service Learning Coordinator and Prof. Kathy Dolan to spear-head the planning efforts and to assemble a broader team of students to make the project a success.
Last week, the full HTHB project team met for the first time. In addition to the leadership team, students in attendance included: Tracy Tchintchin, D18, and D16s: Sibel Ardit, Will Chao, Mia Harlan, Riley Baldwin, Heidi Kunkel, Monica Hanna.
Will Chao, Dental Central rep for the project summed up the meeting: “On Friday 3/27, members of AAPD, AAPHD, and Smile Squad met to brainstorm ideas for the Healthy Teeth/Healthy Body outreach program planned for elementary and middle school children at Josiah Quincy and other potential sites in Chinatown. Over Chinese food, the volunteers broke into small groups to design lesson plans and games covering the following topics: healthy eating, tooth decay, oral hygiene instruction, and mouth guards/sports. Laid out were the great activities made by other TUSDM students on the Creative Team—Oral Health Jenga, three different Jeopardy games, and gum/tooth floss dress up game for kindergarteners — created by members of the TUSDM Creative Team.
Each group then presented their ideas to the whole group, receiving feedback from their peers and project advisors and discussed ways to overcome the challenges of designing an effective and engaging lesson plan for children. There was a lot of great energy in the room.”
If you want to find out more about the project, please contact: Amy Albright, Khusbu Patel, Olga Raptis or Anjalee Shah.
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 email@example.com.
Special congratulations to our very own Mandy Alamwala (D16) for becoming ASDA's District 1 Trustee.
District 1 consists of Boston University, Harvard, Tufts, University of Connecticut, and University of New England.
Mandy was elected to this 2015-2016 national leadership position at the American Student Dental Association's annual session in February. With this position, she will serve on the Board of Trustees and play an important role in achieveing the association's goals for the coming year. She will also guide chapters in district-wide activities and work to connect members with resources from ASDA National as well as a multitude of other stakeholders in dentistry.
We are very pleased to have Mandy representing us in such an important leadership role.
For more information visit: http://www.asdanet.org/trustees/
We are proud to announce the addition of the D18 class to Dental Central! Written by D18 Dental Central Representative Aekta Patel, the page has some great info on the class' mission and goals, as well as an in depth look at their E-board and some "D18 Class MVPS." Click here to read their page and see what they've been up to!
This past Monday, the Dental Central Team [Nancy Marks of the Public Health and Community Service Department, Mandy Alamwala (D16), and Justin maillet (D17)] presented a poster on Dental Central at the ADEA Annual Session. The poster, titled "Dental Central: Enhancing Student Engagement and Community Service at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine," showcased how effective the site has been at promoting community service and communication between student groups over the past year. Click here to read our poster!