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Students, Faculty Team Up with Project Homeless Connect to Help Homeless Veterans

Jack Nguyen, Class of 2009, explains an oral surgery procedure to Reginald Wilson as part of Project Homeless Connect on July 23.

July  28, 2008

Dozens of homeless veterans are smiling brighter thanks to volunteers from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Students and faculty members provided free dental screenings and oral surgery to more than 50 homeless San Franciscans as part of Project Homeless Connect on July 23.

During the outreach event, dental school volunteers offered free dental screenings to homeless vets at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building. Following the oral health assessments, Project Homeless Connect clients who needed oral surgery were transported to the dental school's Oral Surgery Clinic, where nearly 20 veterans received treatment.

"Many Project Homeless Connect clients are in not only physical pain, but psychological pain due to the state of their oral health," said Magnus Yang, Class of 2009. "By addressing their oral health needs we also vastly improve the state of their general well-being, and that is very rewarding."

Volunteers from the dental school have been providing oral health care services through Project Homeless Connect since 2007. To date, nearly 500 homeless San Franciscans have received dental screenings, teeth cleanings, restorations or much-needed oral surgery as result of this effort.

Category Type: Community Outreach

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