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Dugoni School Provides Free Dental Treatment to San Francisco Homeless

A dental student volunteer confers with a patient at Project Homeless Connect.

December  03, 2008

Dozens of homeless individuals received much-needed dental care thanks to volunteers from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Students and faculty members provided treatment to more than 70 homeless San Franciscans as part of Project Homeless Connect on December 3.

During the outreach event, dental school volunteers offered free dental screenings and oral cancer examinations at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Following the oral health assessments, Project Homeless Connect clients who needed oral surgery were transported to the dental school's clinic in Pacific Heights, where 23 individuals received treatment.

"Many students, faculty and staff came together as a team to provide care for an under-served population," said Ben Yount, Class of 2009. "Some would say this was extraordinary; I would say that this is the Pacific way — helping others."

Volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School Dentistry have been providing oral health care services through Project Homeless Connect since 2007. To date, nearly 700 homeless San Franciscans have received dental screenings, teeth cleanings, restorations or oral surgery as result of this bi-monthly effort.

Category Type: Community Outreach, Special Events, University

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