The University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry continues to reach out to the San Francisco community through various outreach programs spearheaded by students and faculty. This past May saw two successful events: the Student Community Outreach for Public Education's (SCOPE) Senior Smiles Health Fair, and the Kids in the Klinic Endowment Vino de Mayo wine auction and dinner.
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the SCOPE volunteer group hosted a Senior Smiles Health Fair on May 15. The event provided an opportunity for senior citizens to receive free dental screenings, health evaluations, and education.
Volunteers from the school gathered to provide a variety of complimentary health and wellness services, including dental health screenings, oral cancer, and denture screenings in addition to blood glucose, bone density, and cholesterol testing. Massage therapy, audiology education, and vision testing were also offered.
"The seniors we're seeing today, some of whom are from underserved communities, are receiving valuable information about their overall health as well as their dental health," said Ms. Patricia I. Torres-Molina, event coordinator and Vice President of SCOPE. "This is just one of many events we're involved in each year, and it's great to see so many seniors here at today's event."
The Senior Smiles Health Fair has been offered by the Dugoni School of Dentistry for 15 of the past 16 years, with the goal of supporting seniors in the prevention of diseases and the early identification of changes in their health status. Events such as the health fair provide an opportunity for seniors to learn about improving their health at no cost to them.
"I volunteer at events like Senior Smiles because it gives me a chance to reconnect with the community and to help people get the information they need to better their oral health and their lives," said Ms. Joy Magtanong-Madrid, SCOPE Co-President and one of the many students who volunteered for the event.
The Kids in the Klinic Endowment at the Dugoni School of Dentistry will receive more than $125,000 thanks to a successful Vino de Mayo wine auction and dinner held on May 8. More than 200 wine and food enthusiasts gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The evening featured a silent auction, dinner, and live auction led by celebrity auctioneer David Reynolds.
The Vino de Mayo event helps the Kids in the Klinic program move toward a goal of raising a $2 million endowment to support dental care for children at the school's pediatric dentistry and orthodontics clinics. The clinics provide access to dental care for approximately 1,500 children each year. Each year the clinics at the Dugoni School of Dentistry provide $500,000 of free care and $10,000,000 of below-market-rate care for 14,000 patients of record.
"The Kids in the Klinic endowment helps us provide the best possible treatment regardless of a family's ability to pay," remarked Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo. "Without the generous support from the attendees, donors, and sponsors, much of what we do to help these underserved children would not be possible. Thank you to everyone who participated in this remarkable event."