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Grant Helps CDMI Dental Students Provide Toothbrushes to School Children

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Students from Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI) are promoting dental health at local elementary schools with the assistance of a grant from the Wrigley Company Foundation and the Chicago Dental Society Foundation. The grant made it possible for CDMI fourth-year student and Albert Schweitzer Fellow Josh Eastham, and his fellow classmates, to distribute more than 13,000 toothbrushes to children in the Valley View School District 365U, which includes schools in Bolingbrook, Romeoville and portions of Plainfield, Lockport and Downers Grove.

Throughout the year, CDMI students have worked with the John R. Tibbott Elementary School, one of 22 educational facilities in the Valley View District, to provide an oral health program designed to provide children and their families with knowledge about routine dental care, oral health maintenance and good dietary choices. Assisting with the project were fourth-year CDMI students Ryan Helgerson, Joe Schwartz, Nick Wyatt and Branden Goetsch.

The grant for the toothbrushes was provided by the Chicago Dental Society Foundation and the Wrigley Company Foundation, which work together to distribute grant money to dentists and student dentists who develop programs to help treat underserved populations. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship allows recipients to partner with a community-based organization to identify an unmet health need and design a yearlong service project with a demonstrable impact on that need.  

Courtesy of Jill Blair-Smith, Office of Communications, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Published on May 11, 2016.

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