December 13, 2013
More than 125 homeless individuals in San Francisco and thousands underserved people in San Diego received a gift of oral healthcare this holiday thanks to student, faculty and alumni volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
In Northern California, at San Francisco's Project Homeless Connect (PHC) Dec. 11 event, volunteers provided free dental screenings to homeless individuals at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. More than 125 PHC clients received oral health screening, triage and referrals. Selected individuals received treatment at three public health clinics in the city, including Pacific's Oral Surgery Clinic, which treated approximately 40 people who were brought to the school by PHC's van service. More than two dozen PHC clients were enrolled in the Pacific Dugoni - PHC Denture Program, which provides dentures for clients in need.
The December PHC program provided a variety of health services and other resources to approximately 1,800 people throughout the day.
The Dugoni School has been a lead provider of dental services at Project Homeless Connect for the last five years. PHC is a city-supported program which takes place at various locations in San Francisco several times each year. Homeless individuals receive free medical and dental care, mental health services, haircuts, employment, legal counseling, food and a variety of other services. To learn more or find out how to donate to the effort, visit http://www.projecthomelessconnect.com.
In Southern California, several faculty members and numerous Pacific alumni from throughout the region volunteered at CDA Cares in San Diego. Volunteer dentists, dental nurses, hygienists, lab technicians and other helpers all gave up their weekend to assist at the event, held Dec. 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. People started gathering outside the fairground on Friday even though the clinic doors did not open until Saturday morning.
Approximately 1,700 volunteers, including 900 dental volunteers, provided $1.62 million in dental care to 2,203 individuals in need. A wide range of dental services were provided at no charge to members of the public.
The dental school's Alumni Association hosted a gathering on Dec. 6 for alumni and school volunteers in town for the event.
"'Pacific Dugoni Cares' was the theme of our reception and it highlighted the tremendous volunteerism and philanthropy that are hallmarks of Pacific Dugoni alumni," said Dr. Cheri Howell Reynolds, a member of the Alumni Association's Board of Directors and one of the event volunteers.
According to the California Dental Association (CDA), an estimated 10 million Californians experience barriers to dental care. Several times each year, the California Dental Association Foundation organizes CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge to more than 2,000 patients at each event.
To find out more about CDA Cares, including how to volunteer at the next event on April 25-26 in Vallejo, Calif., visit www.cdafoundation.org/cdacares.
The dental school's Alumni Association will host a "Pacific Dugoni Cares" reception on April 24 for alumni involved in CDA Cares. Details will be announced closer to the date.
Category Type: Community Outreach
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