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Dugoni School Provides Free Health and Wellness Services at Senior Smiles Health Fair

Student and faculty volunteers at Senior Smiles Health Fair.

May  08, 2013

More than 150 Bay Area seniors are on their way to better health thanks to student and faculty volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. The school's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) volunteer group hosted its annual Senior Smiles Health Fair on May 4. The event provided an opportunity for attendees -ranging from age 55 to 87 - to receive free dental screenings, health evaluations and education.

Senior Smiles Health Fair takes place each spring with a goal of supporting seniors in the prevention of diseases and the early identification of a change in their health status. Services offered this year included dental health check-ups (including oral cancer and denture screenings); blood glucose testing; cholesterol testing; glaucoma screenings; hearing testing; and exercise therapy.

Volunteers with a Senior Smiles attendee

The event was coordinated by Class of 2014 students Camille Pompeo and Laura Stewart, with the support of more than 75 student and eight faculty volunteers. California Pacific Medical Center's Community Health Resource Center was a co-sponsor, and the event was also supported by the University of the Pacific's Student Wellness Center. Several neighborhood merchants also donated to the outreach effort by supplying complimentary décor and refreshments. Event contributors included: James Stanfield Catering, House of Bagels, Bob's Donuts, Starbucks, Polk Street Florist and Dino and Santino's Pizza.

"Our goal is to promote oral health in collaboration with total wellness and medical screenings.  We support the senior to take steps toward achieving their health and wellness goals," said Christine Miller, RDH, MHS, MA and director of Community Programs. "The seniors we see during Senior Smiles Health Fair receive valuable information about their state of health and have a great time interacting with the students who volunteer at the event."

Category Type: Community Outreach, Special Events

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