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Dugoni School Volunteers Provide Dental Care to Homeless Families

A child receives dental care at Project Homeless Connect's April event.

April  15, 2009

Students and faculty members provided free dental screenings to more than 200 parents and their children as part of the volunteer event Project Homeless Connect on April 8, 2009.

Throughout the day, dental school volunteers offered free dental screenings to the public at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and applied fluoride on the teeth of more than 70 children. Following the screenings, 50 patients who required dental treatment — mostly children — were transported to either Tom Waddell or Southeast Clinics where cleanings, fillings and extractions were performed by volunteer dental health professionals.

"This event shows the sheer amount of energy and commitment of the local dental community to helping people without access to oral health care," said Manu Chaudhry, a student in the class of 2009. "This was a hallmark event with representation from the Dugoni School, Project Homeless Connect, City of San Francisco's Mayor's Office, Department of Public Health, San Francisco Dental Society and San Francisco Dental Hygiene Society. We are looking forward to continuing our efforts to broaden the scope of providing the underserved community with access to dental service."

Volunteers from the dental school have been providing oral health care services through Project Homeless Connect since 2007. To date, more than 1,000 homeless San Franciscans have received dental screenings, teeth cleanings, restorations or much-needed oral surgery as result of this effort.

Project Homeless Connect was launched in San Francisco in October 2004. Today, the volunteer and outreach event is emulated in 200 cities across the United States as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Several times a year, more than 1,000 community volunteers partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a one-stop shop of health and human services for homeless San Franciscans.

Category Type: Community Outreach, Special Events

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