UCSF University Community Partnerships received an unprecedented number of proposals and letters of interest 2011, resulting in a broad range of partnership projects that serve diverse communities throughout San Francisco, involve every school at UCSF, and include a mix of students/learners, faculty and staff.
Among these are two projects involving partners in the UCSF School of Dentistry:
Childrens Oral Health Education and Screening Project
Community Partner: Wu Yee Children’s Services
University Partner: Kulginder Sran, UCSF Dentistry Student
Neighborhood: Chinatown, Visitacion Valley, Tenderloin
Kulginder Sran, a first year student at the UCSF School of Dentistry, and Wu Yee Children’s Services recognize the need to provide on-site dental screenings and oral health education to treat underserved low-income children at high risk that may not otherwise have access to this care. Through Kulginder and Wu Yee’s Health Manager’s collaboration, seven on-site screening sessions to reach 200 children (age 0 -5) enrolled in Wu Yee’s programs will take place during the grant period. Screenings consist of evaluation of skin and lymph nodes of the head and neck as well as evaluation of the teeth and gums in the mouth exams, recommendation of change of behavioral habits, education of children and parents through materials, distribution of oral hygiene kits, application of fluoride varnish to teeth as a preventative measure and any needed referrals. Children and parents will be asked to return in three months for follow-up screening.
Painting a Healthier Smile
Community Partner: SF Department of Public Health
University Partner: Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health
Neighborhood: Chinatown, Bayview/Hunters Point, Tenderloin, Mission, Outer Sunset
This service learning project will continue the partnership of UCSF dental students with the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s (SFDPH) Child Care Health Project to integrate oral health screenings, education and fluoride varnish applications as part of the services provided. The Child Care Health Project (CCHP), run by SFDPH public health nurses, provides various services to over 3,000 children attending state-subsidized, low-income preschools in San Francisco including basic preventive health education and screenings (dental, vision, hearing); child care site inspections; staff training in emergency response. The goals of this project are to:
- Improve the oral health of children from underserved families attending low-income preschools in San Francisco.
- Provide an educational and skills-building experience for dental students.
- Continue strengthening the partnership between UCSF School of Dentistry, SFDPH’s CCHP, and the targeted communities being served.
- Raise awareness of the importance of dental disease prevention in the community.
See the 2011 Grantee Abstracts  link for complete details.