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Pacific Students and Faculty Provide Dental Care at Project Homeless Connect

Pacific volunteers at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

August  16, 2013

Students and faculty from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry went to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Aug. 14 to participate in San Francisco's Project Homeless Connect (PHC).  This event marks the 50th event held by PHC since its inception in 2004.

For the last five years, hundreds of student, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers have participated in numerous PHC events that take place throughout the city. As a result, thousands of homeless individuals have received professional care they otherwise might not have received.

PHC is a city-supported program which takes place at various locations in San Francisco several times each year. It serves San Francisco's homeless by offering free medical and dental care, mental health services, haircuts, employment, legal counseling, food and a variety of other services.  

Project Homeless Connect Volunteers

By the end of the day on Aug. 14, dental school volunteers working in 16 different stations had screened and provided referrals to over 140 people at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Those needing immediate complex care-such as extractions-were given the opportunity to take a shuttle to the Dugoni School of Dentistry for on-site procedures. In total, 30 homeless patients were treated at the school's oral surgery clinic, which immediately addressed infections and broken teeth resulting in more than 100 extracted teeth.  

"This PHC event marks five years of community-campus partnership between San Francisco's Project Homeless Connect and the Dugoni School of Dentistry," said Chris Miller, director of community programs and co-director of the Pacific Center for Special Care. "One of the most rewarding aspects of this partnership is providing action-packed community health engagement for students while working with Pacific faculty who started volunteering at PHC events as students."

Project Homeless Connect VolunteersDuring PHC's events, participants are able to accomplish in one day what might normally take eight months. Numerous corporations, nonprofits, schools and government agencies provide PHC and its clients with services. In response to the changing needs of the homeless and low-income population, PHC has continued to reshape its outreach strategy and improve available services, hosting events specifically designed for veterans, families and children.  

PHC has two more events scheduled for the 2013 calendar year, on Oct. 17 and Dec. 11. To learn more and to see a list of community partners involved, visit http://www.projecthomelessconnect.com

Category Type: General, Community Outreach

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