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Dugoni School Hosts Community Screenings, Wellness Activities to Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

May  12, 2011

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry participated in the 2011 National Women's Health Week, which took place from May 8-14, 2011. Women's Health Week activities included three lunchtime sessions focused on women's wellness, a day of free dental screenings for Bay Area women and a handful of fitness activities for students and employees.

National Women's Health Week is a weeklong public awareness campaign coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health to encourage women to make their wellbeing a top priority. This year, the dental school decided to participate in National Women's Health Week with the goal of promoting overall health and wellbeing among Bay Area women, and in particular their oral health.

Lunchtime sessions included a May 9 presentation by the Women's Community Clinic, a free health clinic for women which recently moved into the dental school's neighborhood of Pacific Heights. On May 10, a representative from La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco's oldest domestic violence non-profit which provides shelter, counseling and other services for victims of domestic violence, also visited the dental school for a lunchtime training session. La Casa de la Madres' presentation was geared toward helping dental professionals better recognize victims of domestic abuse in their clinics and practices. On May 11, a special seminar for employees offered information on a wide range of health issues affecting women throughout their lives.

The special events culminated on May 12, when the school offered free oral health screenings to women in the general community. Numerous people took advantage of this opportunity to get screenings, as well as have their questions about oral health answered and meet with dental students and faculty.

The dental school also offered a handful of fitness activities in conjunction with Women's Health Week. Many of the school's current fitness programs offered events during the week, including Wednesday Boot Camp, Thursday Weekly Walks and a lunchtime Tai Chi class.

"National Women's Health Week offered us another platform to communicate the importance of oral health to overall health," said Dr. Richard Fredekind, associate dean for clinical services. "In addition to informative presentations and healthy activities, we were able to provide screenings and education that will help women stay on a path to better oral health."

For more information about National Women's Health Week, visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/.

Category Type: Community Outreach, Special Events

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