UCSF Dentistry's under-the-sea-themed Give Kids a Smile Day 2013 was a tremendous success, with all-volunteer-provided oral health care, education and fun for children and their families in the local community. Additionally a range of other health screenings and health information were provided courtesy Schweitzer Fellows from Bay Area health professions programs, including UCSF Dentistry's own Malay Mathur (ID4) and Todor Stavrev (D3).
From the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship website: "The Schweitzer Fellows Program is dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in the Bay Area—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the region."
Give Kids a Smile Day is a highly-anticipated annual event at the UCSF School of Dentistry, with children receiving oral health screenings and a variety of additional services at no cost, including prophylaxis/polish, sealants, and fluoride varnish, along with oral heath education, fun and games.
Benefitting community children, many of whom have never been to a dentist before, Give Kids a Smile Day happens because of volunteer dental student and faculty providers, as well as event sponsors who provide dental materials, supplies, and enough food and drink to keep everyone going through a hectic, exciting day.
2013 Give Kids A Smile Day Statistics
- Total Student Volunteers (dental and pre-dental students): 175 volunteers
- Total Staff/Faculty Volunteers: 27 volunteers
Total Children Attended: 157
44% of the children seen did not have dental insurance. For 37%, there was a time when time when they wanted dental care but could not get it. Of those, 57% either could not afford it, or had no insurance, or both. 39% drink tap water as a primary drink.
- Prophylaxis/Polish: 136 (87%)
- Total Sealants Placed: 159 sealants
- Fluoride Varnish: 103 (73%)
- Frank carious lesions: 63 (40%)
- 53% Male
- 47% Female
- 2-5 years: 16%
- 6-12 years: 63%
- 13-17 years: 21%
- Asian: 41%
- Caucasian: 12%
- Hispanic/Latin: 16%
- African American: 4%
- Other: 9%
Languages Spoken at Home:
- 38% speak English at home
- 10% speak Spanish at home
- 18% speak Chinese at home
- 17% are bilingual
- 17% speak another language at home
Statistics gathered and provided by the UCSF Dentistry Give Kids A Smile Day 2013 Committee.
Schweitzer Fellows at Give Kids a Smile Day 2013
- Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program 
- Stavrev and Mathur Schweitzer Fellowship Recipients - News | UCSF Dentistry 
- American Dental Health Association: National Children's Dental Health Month