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Dental School Volunteers Reach Out during Mission District Carnaval

June  11, 2008

Una Voz, the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Spanish Club, teamed up with Mission Neighborhood Centers to provide dental screenings and oral health education during the 30th annual Carnaval Festival in San Francisco's Mission District May 24-25. One of Northern California's largest multicultural celebrations, Carnaval draws thousands of adults and children from diverse backgrounds who are in need of oral health services.

For the past six years, the Carnaval Festival has incorporated a Healthy Lifestyles Area, which provides basic information on health services to attendees. Volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry lent their support by conducting complimentary dental screenings for more than 100 people during the two-day event. In addition, nearly 1,000 Carnaval attendees received toothbrushes, toothpaste and oral health care tips.

"I was particularly surprised by the incredible interest in oral health education and oral health services," said Christopher Oviedo, class of 2009 and president of Una Voz. "This was a great opportunity for us to engage the Latino community about the importance of good oral health."

Category Type: Community Outreach

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu