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Dugoni School Volunteers Provide Dental Care at Project Homeless Connect, Family Development Center

Volunteers gathered in Golden Gate Park for Project Homeless Connect.

September  30, 2010

Project Homeless Connect — Golden Gate Park

Nearly 30 student and faculty volunteers spent a day during their class break week to set up a screening station at a Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event in Golden Gate Park. Throughout the course of the Sept. 29 event, the volunteers screened hundreds of homeless youth and adults, and numerous patients were transported to the dental school's clinic to receive additional treatment.

The PHC event was geared toward San Francisco's homeless youth and young adult population. The outreach event offered medical services, counseling, job placement services, haircuts, meals, and dental screenings and treatment.

"There are many homeless San Franciscans who desperately need dental treatment, and we're happy to provide them the care they might not receive otherwise," said Carsen Bentley, Class of 2011 student and the dental school's PHC student leader. "We appreciate all of the involvement and support from the students, faculty and other members of the dental community who show up to participate in Project Homeless Connect events."

The Dugoni School of Dentistry has been participating in Project Homeless Connect events in the community since 2007. PHC was established in 2004 to provide services to San Francisco's homeless citizens at events held multiple times each year. The September 29 event in Golden Gate Park was the city's 35th PHC event. To learn more, and to see a list of community partners involved in the program, visit http://www.projecthomelessconnect.com/home/partners .

Children's Screenings and Education at the Family Development Center

Volunteers at the Family Developmental Center

Volunteers at the Family Developmental Center.

On Sept. 28, volunteer staffers from the Dugoni School of Dentistry's Pediatric Clinic visited San Francisco's Family Developmental Center to offer free screenings and dental health education to children. Working with the pediatric staff was local dentist and San Francisco Dental Society member Dr. Gabriella Pina, who assisted with the screenings. More than 30 children ranging from ages one through eight received free screenings and oral health education throughout the day.

Located in the city's Mission district, the Family Development Center provides growth and development assistance for young children, as well as childcare and health services for children of low-income families and teen parents. Many child patients at the center have physical or mental disabilities and require special medical and dental care.

"Our visit to the Family Developmental Center was very successful," commented Janet Fricke, CDA, RDA, pediatric outreach coordinator and lead Dental Auxiliary Utilization instructor. "We screened and helped educate many children about the importance of good oral health. Some of these children had never visited a dentist before, so we were happy to have this opportunity."

To learn more about the Family Developmental Center, please visit http://www.fsasf-fdc.org.

Category Type: Community Outreach, Special Events

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