On Saturday, Nov. 11, students
and faculty from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral
Health (ATSU-ASDOH) joined forces with CARE Partnership to provide free dental
services to Mesa families who would not otherwise have access to care. More
than 200 people received preventive dental services and education at the event,
provided by 85 volunteers from ATSU-ASDOH. The event was hosted at CARE
Partnership’s Mesa, AZ, location.
ATSU-ASDOH volunteers provided
preventive care including dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride
varnish applications. In total, treatment provided at the event was valued at
$30,923. Pacific Dental Services provided restorative care, including
radiographs, and the City of Mesa Fire Department offered free flu shots.
In addition to meeting a
critical need in the community, dental students gained valuable experience
working with a diverse patient population. ATSU-ASDOH strives to prepare its
students for careers in service.
According to co-directors of
ATSU’s Dentistry in the Community, Heather Johnson, M.Ed., RDH, and Yvette
Thornton, M.P.H., RDH, the event was a wonderful experience for students and
patients alike. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve a population of
families who otherwise would not have received much-needed dental services,”
says Ms. Johnson.
“The event truly embodied the
mission of ATSU,” adds Ms. Thornton.
Resources were provided by ATSU in celebration of its 125th anniversary.
The University has planned a series of service projects to give back to the
communities that support it.
Courtesy of Anne Ackroyd, Public Relations Specialist, A.T. Still University
Published on January 10, 2018