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Families in Jamaica Receive Care Thanks to Students and Faculty

Jamaica trip student volunteers.

October  10, 2011

A group of students, faculty and other dental professionals recently travelled to Jamaica to participate in a humanitarian dentistry mission trip. During the school's fall break, the group spent 10 days in the Jamaican town of Whitehouse where they provided free dental care and education at local clinics.

Nearly 30 students, four Dugoni School of Dentistry faculty members and other dental professionals participated in the event, which is the first international mission trip officially sanctioned by the dental school. The trip was coordinated with the help of Great Shape! Inc., a Jamaican nonprofit focused on humanitarian dentistry and vision care, as well as literacy empowerment.

Over the course of the visit, numerous adults and children in the area received oral health education and care. Screenings, restorative treatments and extractions were common procedures performed by the dental volunteers. 

Jamaica Trip 2011

Student volunteer Jennifer Low with a Jamaican local.

Students and faculty brought their own dental instruments and educational tools to use throughout the week. Henry Schein also contributed to the success of the trip with a generous donation of supplies. The company made the donation through Henry Schein Cares, its global social responsibility program which seeks to narrow the disparity in the delivery of healthcare services and information to underserved and at-risk communities around the world.

"We saw a lot of patients during our week in Jamaica who badly needed dental care," said Jennifer Low, a member of the DDS Class of 2012 and a trip participant. "This was an extremely rewarding experience and I feel confident we made an impact on the communities we served."

To learn more about Great Shape! Inc. visit http://www.gsjamaica.org.

Category Type: Community Outreach

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