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

On May 19, the D19 Community Service Committee hosted a Wine and Craft Night during which D19 students came together to create materials for community service and oral health promotion. Jacqueline Liu (D19), one of the D19 Community Service Co-Chairs, tells us more:

As one of the D19 co-community service chairs for the class, I was more than ecstatic to see how many of my classmates wanted to come help create materials for the different community service projects we have been working on. About 30 students attended this event and it was amazing to see how many innovative, creative and talented people are in the class!

By the end of the night we had almost completed about 5 new learning materials to use out in the community. One of my favorite new games that Rachel Catalano and Kareema Roushdy had a big hand in creating was a new trivia game called “Tooth Be Told,” which helps to create an interactive dialogue among participants and facilitators using True/False questions.

Another one of the activities completed was using a beach ball as a way to ask questions about nutrition and proper oral hygiene. The idea behind this was to be able to involve elderly adults who are wheel chair bound or immobile, but have upper mobility. Participants will toss the ball to each other, and the person who catches it has to read the question that lands on their right thumb! And thanks to Rachel Kalinoski and Jesse Feuerstein because they did a great job at making this beach ball a double-duty project so we can use it with kids too!

I was incredibly impressed with the way that my peers all worked together. Each group had anywhere between 3-6 people working on a single project and they were all able to successfully execute their ideas together. Without all of the collaboration and teamwork we would not have been able to create these awesome materials for oral health promotion to be used for our D’19 community service projects! Thanks to everyone who came and to Nancy Marks for supervising our event!

Please email Jackie and Abby if you would like to be more involved!