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Pacific Partners with Giants Community Fund to Provide Free Dental Screenings

Matthew Mynsberge, class of 2009, conducts a dental screening for a child during the Halloween health and Safety Fair at John F. Kennedy School in Daly City.

November  02, 2007

Even ghosts and goblins couldn't stop student and faculty volunteers from offering free dental services for dozens of Bay Area families on Saturday, Oct. 27. Pacific's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) and pediatric dentistry faculty teamed up with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund to provide oral health screenings and dental hygiene education to 50 children and their parents during a Halloween Health and Safety Fair at John F. Kennedy School in Daly City.

Held in partnership with the Giants Community Fund, Daly City Parks and Recreation and Catholic Healthcare West, the health fair offered a variety of services, including cholesterol, blood pressure, scoliosis and dental screenings, as well as prostate and bone density exams. The event allowed attendees to participate in fun activities, while learning about the connection between proper nutrition and healthy teeth.

"Oral health is an essential component for the advancement of general health," said Jared Pool, class of 2009 and SCOPE project leader. "This health fair enabled Pacific students to interact with children and their parents in an educational environment where dental health could be presented in a fun and friendly way."

Category Type: Community Outreach

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