On Friday, September 8, 2017, students and faculty from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) volunteered at Stand Down Greater Boston 2017, held at City Hall Plaza. This was the 12th consecutive year GSDM has participated in the Stand Down Greater Boston Event.
Stand Down Greater Boston is an all-day event that provides homeless and other at-risk veterans with a variety of services as well as a temporary refuge where they can obtain food, shelter, clothing, and health screenings. Typically, over 500 homeless veterans’ attend the event when held in Boston. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
GSDM’s main objective is to promote oral health by offering oral screenings, denture cleaning and labeling, and one-on-one oral hygiene instruction. However, a wide variety of other services were offered to veterans in need, including but not limited to: VA Boston Healthcare Registration; Medical services; eyeglasses fittings; mental health counseling; housing services; employment services; legal assistance; haircuts; Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI); Massachusetts ID cards and license renewals; social work services; and Internal Revenue Service’s assistance.
The volunteers from GSDM were: Amanda Alon DMD 18; Melissa Anderson DMD 19; Austin Chomay DMD 18; Molly Conlon DMD 19; Dr. Corinna Culler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Director of the School-based Programs; Dr. Dee Devlin, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research; Amanda Harr DMD 19; Ms. Kathy Held, Director of the Global Initiatives Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry; Charles Lewis DMD 18; Bora Lin DMD 19; Ms. Kathy Lituri, Oral Health Promotion Director in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research ; Lauren Moses DMD 18; Brian Nadeau DMD 19; Moaz Zanbarkji, Research Dental Assistant; and Bowen Zhou DMD 18.
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