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

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In July, members from the D19 class volunteered at the Urban Edge Health Fair. Urban Edge is a local community development corporation who owns over 1,200 units of affordable housing for low income families throughout Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain. Our volunteers promoted dental health at the fair and had a blast with the communities in attendance through our giant dental jeopardy game. We let the children brush the teeth of our stuffed animal and game them pointers on how to brush well and helping them see what surfaces of the teeth they may be missing when they brush. We gave out oral health supplies to the attendees after making them work a little in the jeopardy game. We had such a blast there and are so excited to represent our Class and Tufts dental at their future health fairs! We learned how to get people excited and involved in learning about oral health through our jeopardy game. The community was so appreciative of our attendance at the health fair and one little girl even came running after us on our way out asking us to stay longer and come back the next day. It is always so fulfilling knowing we can make an impact in other communities both through oral health promotion and through companionship.

Written by: Abigail Manzella (D19)

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