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Indiana University School of Dentistry Named NCOHF “Affiliate of the Year”

Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry has been named the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) “Affiliate of the Year” for the school’s ongoing support of the foundation’s mission to prevent oral disease in children and to promote overall health for children from vulnerable populations.   

The award was accepted by IU pediatric dentistry faculty members Judith R. Chin, D.D.S., and Joan E. Kowolik, B.D.S., LDS RCS Edin, during the NCOHF’s “Celebration of Smiles” event on February 23.  

NCOHF has awarded Dr. Chin more than $368,000 in donated dental supplies and equipment. “We have used these donations directly for patient care at the school, distributed them to various clinics with which the dental school partners throughout Indiana, and taken them abroad to help children in nations that IU dental teams visit through the International Service Learning Program,” says Dr. Chin. Dr. Kowolik, faculty mentor of IU’s Kids Club, says the NCOHF grants have made it possible for the students to volunteer in the community and provide reduced-cost treatment to families. 

The NCOHF affiliation is important, says Dr. Kowolik, because it has “double-dip” value—the foundation’s grants make it possible for children to get the treatment they urgently need, and dental students in turn gain important experiences and knowledge in caring for underserved patients. 

Tufts Dental School’s Renovated Clinics Awarded LEED Gold

The newly renovated predoctoral clinics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The first 20,000-square-foot phase of the 60,000-square-foot project was completed last fall. The full renovation will cover three floors of the health sciences campus of the university’s dental school.  The campus is located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. 

"We are very pleased to have helped Tufts University design its School of Dental Medicine facilities, not only as an innovative and cutting-edge teaching clinic, but as an environmentally sustainable facility," said Rob Quigley, principal-in-charge of the renovation project. 

In order to receive LEED Gold certification for Phase 1, the renovation improved the following: water efficiency, energy use, building materials, recycling, indoor environmental quality, green design, and sustainability. More than 23 percent of the building materials were manufactured using recycled content, and more than 84 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.

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