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Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students talk with a client at the Project Homeless Connect event in San Francisco as part of a dental screening. Dugoni volunteers screened 95 people at the event and referred 70 of them for free dental services provided at the event.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students talk with a client at the Project Homeless Connect event in San Francisco as part of a dental screening. Dugoni volunteers screened 95 people at the event and referred 70 of them for free dental services provided at the event.

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Community Engagement

Dugoni volunteers provide free dental service to the homeless

Dental students, faculty, alumni part of ‘one-stop shop’ at Dec. 6 event
Dec 13, 2017

A team of volunteer dental students, faculty and alumni of Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry screened nearly 100 underserved people in San Francisco as part of the Dec. 6 Project Homeless Connect at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Of the 95 people screened, 70 people were referred to receive free dental services thanks to the dental students, faculty, alumni and other local health professionals.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry team played a key role in providing the dental screening services. Student leaders and faculty advisers from the school's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program collaborated with volunteers from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Dental Society for the event.

The PHC event offered a "one-stop shop" of medical services, including dental and vision, employment and legal assistance, hygiene and personal care services, housing assistance, and other social services resources to attendees.

Clients received complimentary dental screenings and most received same-day dental services on site at Studio Dental's mobile dental clinic or at three other health clinics affiliated with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. At previous PHC events, the Dugoni School of Dentistry has also offered same-day oral surgery services on site at its San Francisco clinic.

"PHC and Every Day Connect provide social and health services to support the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our community, while giving our students and faculty more opportunities to engage in an integrated care model for people from all walks of life," said associate professor Chris Miller, director of community health programs at the Dugoni School of Dentistry.

The Dugoni School has a long-standing relationship with PHC going back to 2007. In 2014, the school received a PHC Connector Award at the PHC 10th anniversary Breakfast Gala in recognition of the school's oral health services and collaboration involvement over the years.

The federal government's Interagency Council on Homelessness has declared PHC a national best-practice model. The program has been replicated in over 260 cities across the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia. The 70th PHC event is tentatively planned in March 2018. To learn more, or find out how to volunteer at upcoming PHC events, visit https://www.projecthomelessconnect.org/.

This story was originally published on the website of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

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