April 29, 2014
On April 25 and 26, Pacific Dugoni volunteers joined forces with the California Dental Association (CDA) and hundreds of oral health professionals and volunteers to provide free dental care to the Solano County community. Nearly 2,000 patients received services such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, dentures, educational information and assistance in finding a dentist for follow-up care. Patients started lining up the night before the event for a chance to see a dentist.
DDS Class of 2014 student Erin Meidinger led the recruitment of 180 student volunteers from the DDS and IDS classes as well as a handful from the entering Class of 2017. Student volunteers helped with a range of duties including escorting patients, technical support for x-rays, sterilization, exit interviews, serving refreshments, helping with dental supplies and more.
In addition, many dental school alumni and faculty from throughout the region volunteered at CDA Cares. Some served as leaders for sections of the clinic: Dr. Cindy Lyon and her husband, Dr. John Muller, led the hygiene area; Dr. Craig Yarborough led the medical triage area; Dr. Jim Van Sicklen '80 co-led the restorative area; and Dr. Bruce Valentine '69 led the oral surgery area.
To coincide with the event and thank the volunteers, Pacific Dugoni's Alumni Association organized a reception for more than 70 alumni, students and guests at the Front Room at the Wharf in Vallejo. Pacific Dugoni alumni board members Drs. Mary Turoff and Cheri Howell Reynolds as well as Erin Meidinger Shah '14 helped to coordinate the event with the Alumni Association. The gathering also included past presidents, Drs. Craig Yarborough and Ariane Terlet.
According to CDA Cares, an estimated 10 million people in California experience barriers to dental care. In response to this need, the CDA Foundation and the CDA host CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists, dental professionals and community volunteers to provide dental services at no charge to more than 2,000 people at each event. CDA Cares' total impact has added up to $6 million in dental services, treatment of 8,081 patients and the involvement of 6,265 volunteers.
The next CDA Cares will be held in Pomona on November 21-22, 2014. Volunteer registration will open in July 2014. Please see the CDA Cares website for more details.
Category Type: Community Outreach, Alumni
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