Student Community Outreach for Public Education: (SCOPE) Senior Smiles and Wellness Events 2022-23

Author: Leila Mahmoodi, DDS 2023, Nicholas Liberty, DDS 2023,  Michelle Ma, DDS 2023
Mentor: Professor Christine Miller

OKU Community Health Service Award

The Senior Smiles Health & Wellness Fair is a community oral health outreach event sponsored by SCOPE (Student Community Outreach for Public Education) at University of the Pacific (UOP), Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. The event is held in San Francisco at the school of Dentistry’s campus and usually held within April. Generally over 100 members of San Francisco’s senior citizen population with limited access to health care attend this event. In 2022 we held the 27th Senior Smiles Health & Wellness Fair; the first after the pandemic. We only had 2.5 months to plan the event (compared to the usual 6 months). 65 Dugoni dental and dental hygiene students volunteered in addition to over 30 volunteers from various other health and wellness groups. Over 70 members of the community were served during the event.

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