September 27, 2013
Students and faculty from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry are having a busy fall season. As if year-round dental school isn't enough, they have also been volunteering at community events throughout the Bay Area to educate the public about the importance of oral health for complete wellness.
At the Chinatown Community Health Fair held on Saturday, Sept. 21, bi-lingual faculty and student volunteers served hundreds of people of all ages with oral health screenings, disease education and fluoride varnish for pediatric patients. Dentists from the San Francisco Dental Society added to the Pacific group of volunteers.
This coming Saturday, Sept. 28 is the 7th Annual Tenderloin Health, Safety and Resource Fair, where volunteers from the Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program will provide oral health screenings and disease prevention education.
Meanwhile on the Peninsula, the San Mateo Senior Health Fair also takes place Saturday, Sept. 28. Sponsored by the City of San Mateo, this event offers a wide variety of social and medical screenings and services geared towards the elderly. SCOPE volunteers will be providing oral health education and screenings for the seniors in the area.
Other recent outreach activity included the Latin American Food, Health & Wellness Festival held on Sept. 14 in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. SCOPE volunteers staffed an exhibit table and provided oral health education to attendees at the event.
SCOPE is a peer mentor, student-run volunteer community oral health promotion organization at the dental school. The mission is to develop dental professionals committed to "Best Practices" in community-based oral health projects for underserved people. SCOPE Officers aim to develop leaders engaged in community oral health. This includes the goal to involve every dental student in a community-based project with hopes of achieving a nearly 100 percent participation rate.
The student co-presidents of SCOPE for 2013-2014 are Amy Blake and Peter March, DDS 2015. The faculty advisor is Christine Miller, RDH, MHS, MA, Associate Professor and Director of Community Programs.
As part of a new initiative to create longer-term, sustainable health programs within the community, SCOPE recently expanded its board to bring new student leaders to focus on specific communities of interest. The expanded board includes student leaders focused on elder projects, youth projects, education, Project Homeless Connect and undergraduate mentorship, among other areas.
One of the nation's premier dental schools, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has served the Bay Area community for 117 years. The School of Dentistry is committed to excellence in student-centered education, patient care and research. Its clinics, located in San Francisco, Union City and Stockton, offer quality, affordable dental services to children and adults throughout Northern California. For more information, visit www.dental.pacific.edu.
Category Type: Community Outreach, General
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