December 12, 2017
Ninety-five underserved people in the San Francisco community recently received screenings and seventy people were referred to receive pro-bono dental services thanks to the efforts of volunteer dental students, faculty, alumni and other local health professionals.
A team from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry played a key role in providing the dental screening services offered during Project Homeless Connect (PHC), held Dec. 6 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Student leaders and faculty advisors from the school's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program collaborated with volunteers from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Dental Society to make the event a success.
The PHC event offered a "one-stop shop" of medical (including dental and vision) services, employment and legal assistance, hygiene/personal care services, housing assistance and other social services resources to attendees.
Clients received complimentary dental screenings and most received same-day dental services on site at Studio Dental's mobile dental clinic or at three other health clinics affiliated with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. At previous PHC events, the Dugoni School has also offered same-day oral surgery services on site at its San Francisco clinic.
"PHC and Every Day Connect provide social and health services to support the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our community, while giving our students and faculty more opportunities to engage in an integrated care model for people from all walks of life," said associate professor Chris Miller, director of community health programs at the Dugoni School.
The Dugoni School has a long-standing relationship with PHC going back to 2007. In 2014 the school received a PHC Connector Award at the PHC 10th Anniversary Breakfast Gala in recognition of the school's oral health services, collaboration and involvement over the years.
The federal government's Interagency Council on Homelessness has declared PHC a national best-practice model. The program has been replicated in over 260 cities across the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia. The 70th PHC event is tentatively planned in March 2018. To learn more, or find out how to volunteer at upcoming PHC events, visit www.projecthomelessconnect.org.