Health Care and Related Programs and Services

The Boston University Medical Campus in the South End of Boston includes the School of Medicine and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences; the School of Public Health; the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine; and Boston Medical Center (BMC). The Center was formed by the 1996 merger of the Boston University Medical Center Hospital and Boston City Hospital. The BMC is the principal teaching affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine. With its mission to provide consistently accessible health services to all, Boston Medical Center is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. This rich concentration of medical educators, researchers, and health care professionals represents a major resource for residents of the many Boston communities that receive direct services, especially the South End, South Boston, Roxbury, and Dorchester. The Boston Medical Center provides free care to patients unable to pay. Many projects run by the Medical Center are described below, but there are dozens of other contributions to health care delivery, preventive medicine, and education carried out by individuals throughout the Medical Campus. The College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College and the School of Social Work on the Charles River Campus also offer a wide variety of physical and mental health care services to the community.


Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Head Start

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine conducts Early Head Start oral health screenings for children enrolled in ABCD Early Head Start Centers located in Dorchester, East Boston, Bradshaw, and the South End. It also participates in ABCD parent workshops and provides a variety of dental health promotion activities. Visit our current website at www.bostonabcd.org.

Information: 617-638-5222


Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute

Established to promote the benefits for human well-being of a close connection between psychology and religion, the Danielsen Institute consists of four endeavors: a mental health clinic, a training program for psychotherapists, an academic program, and a research center. Serving more than 600 people each year, the Danielsen Clinic provides mental health therapy, pastoral counseling, and psychiatric consultation to individuals, couples, groups, families, and special focus groups in the Greater Boston area. Fees are covered by many health insurance plans, and the Institute also offers sliding scale fees for self-pay cases. The Danielsen Institute’s Research Center for the Study of Religion & Psychology conducts research in many areas where psychology and religion interface, securing grants for large projects and guiding the research of students in the academic programs. Currently, the Center’s largest research project, funded by the Metanexus Institute, concerns “religious and psychological well-being.” The Danielsen Clinic is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, accredited by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and affiliated with the Samaritan Institute. The Training Program provides placements for Boston University graduate students in the mental health field, psychology interns, post-master’s social workers, and post-doctoral psychologists, and offers continuing education for area psychologists and social workers. The Program also provides training for psychiatry residents from local medical schools and residency programs. The internship program is accredited by the American Psychology Association. The Academic Program supports the study of pastoral psychology and psychology and religion in various degree programs in the Boston University School of Theology, as well as a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and Religion in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/danielsen.

Information: 617-353-3047, daninst@bu.edu


American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Oral Health Outreach at Yawkey Club

This is an onsite dental health education, screening, sealant, fluoride, and referral program at the Yawkey Club, a Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury. Program activities include an ASDA-planned dental health fair with dental “stations” focusing on various aspects of dental health, including brushing and flossing, the negative effects of tobacco on oral health, tooth protectors, the importance of regular dental visits, and the importance of healthy eating to promote good oral health. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/asda.

Information: 617-638-522, asda@bu.edu


Applied Professional Experience (APEX) Program

This innovative educational program, established in 1989, provides first- and second-year dental students with the opportunity to work in a variety of community-based dental health centers in the Boston area. Dental students provide needed auxiliary services to the community health centers while gaining valuable experience in caring for the underserved population. The dental staff benefits from a cadre of experienced, well-educated interns while also gaining an opportunity to mentor future colleagues. Community health centers participating in the APEX Program include Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Boston Medical Center, Brookside Park Health Center, Codman Square Health Center, Dimock Community Health Center, Dorchester House, Geiger-Gibson Health Center, Lynn Community Health Center, South End Community Health Center, VAMC Bedford, and Whittier Community Health Center. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/apex.

Information: 617-638-8523, apex@bu.edu


Arthritis Center

This Center’s staff is active in a number of community efforts for arthritis patients in the inner city of Boston, providing professional staff at the Boston University Medical Center and participating in community programs, including arthritis support groups, service on medical advisory boards, and speaking to patient groups. Visit our current website at www.bumc.bu.edu/rheumatology.

Information: 617-638-4318


Associated Early Care & Education

This program provides affordable childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschool children of working families in the Greater Boston area. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides an oral health program offering dental health education, oral screenings, and fluoride varnish applications to children, as well as staff and parent training at the Jamaica Plain, Sunnyside, Ruggles/Gilday, and Castle Square sites.

Information: 617-638-5222


Blackstone Elementary School Field Trip

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine facilitates a field trip to the school for third-grade students from Blackstone Elementary School in the South End. Students and teachers participate in an interactive PowerPoint discussion about dental health and healthy eating, and enjoy creative dental activities in the Simulated Learning Center. A nutritious lunch is provided and “goody bags” containing toothbrushes, floss, and other oral health-related items are given out. During this annual event, the children are “dental students for a day,” gaining exposure to various career options in dentistry.

Information: 617-638-5222


Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC)

This Center, founded in 1978 at Boston City Hospital, is part of the Boston Public Health Commission and provides academic enrichment activities, health education, and health-related internships for inner-city adolescents interested in pursuing health careers and professions on the Boston University Medical Campus. Special initiatives consist of a college/career information resource library, computer education classes, and an adult education exchange program.

Information: 617-534-5258


Boston Asthma Games

In partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission Van and Asthma Program, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers dental health information, education, and dental screenings to children with asthma and their families participating in this annual event. The Boston Asthma Games enables children with asthma to be physically active while learning to better treat and manage their asthma. The Asthma Health Project is an initiative of the Boston Public Health Commission and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Information: 617-638-5222


Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights

The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) serves survivors of torture and related trauma by providing medical, social, and legal services to more than 200 people from 30 countries. The Center is located at Boston Medical Center and staffed by School of Public Health professors and Boston Medical Center physicians, as well as faculty from Boston University’s law, medical, and dental schools. The Division of Community Health Programs (CHP) of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has collaborated with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights since 1999 to assess and address the oral health needs of torture survivors through the Survivors of Torture Oral Health Program. Patients receive oral health education, dental screenings and referrals, and dental home-care products. A short video developed by dental school faculty for health professionals on how to sensitively conduct oral health exams on survivors of torture is available at: www.bcrhhr.org/. In addition, CHP provides appropriate referrals to survivors of torture as identified through Physicians for Human Rights and other similar organizations such as the Cambridge Health Alliance. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/bcrhhr.

Information: 617-414-4794


Boston Coalition for Adult Immunization (BCAI)

Each year, medical faculty and students participate in an immunization campaign for Boston’s vulnerable residents. At BCAI flu clinics, students distribute immunization information in numerous languages, assist with informed consent processes, manage the flow and activities, assist residents who have questions, and provide clinic management. Visit our current website at www.bumc.bu.edu/bcai.

Information: 617-638-4194, bcai@bu.edu


Boston Diabetes Expo

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine collaborates with the Boston Public Health Commission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Delta Dental of Massachusetts, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Forsyth Dental Hygiene Program to ensure a unified oral-health presence at the Boston Diabetes Expo. Oral health promotion and dental screenings are offered throughout the day. Visit our current website at www.diabetes.org/bostonexpo.

Information: 617-638-522, 1-888-DIABETES ext. 3469


Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)

Boston Medical Center assists the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program to develop methods to improve their strategic planning, especially for funding. Department faculty assist with developing a data set regarding the use of sub-acute medical care provided to Boston’s homeless population at the Barbara M. McInnis House and Betty Snead House, their two respite centers in Boston. The School of Public Health assists by demonstrating how utilization of these respite centers reduces hospital admissions, readmissions, and emergency utilization, thereby impacting the costs of care. Visit our current website at www.bhchp.org.

Information: 617-414-1321


Boston Medical Center

This hospital, the largest safety-net hospital in New England, provides care for Boston residents, particularly those from inner-city neighborhoods. Its clinical staff is composed exclusively of Boston University School of Medicine faculty members and physicians-in-training. Visit our current website at www.bmc.org.

Information: 617-638-8000


Boston Medical Center Adolescent Center

Since 1977, Boston Medical Center has provided a teen-tot program for adolescent parents in the Boston area. The hospital also provides medical support to high school-based health centers and the Boston Public Schools. The Adolescent Center offers contraceptive counseling and care, HIV testing and counseling, and comprehensive medical care for adolescents. Visit our current website at www.bmc.org/pediatrics/services/Adolescent.

Information: 617-414-4086


Boston Medical Center Emergency Department

Located at the Boston Medical Center, this emergency medical center is the largest 24-hour Level 1 trauma center in New England, with more than 126,000 visits last year. The School of Medicine plays a key role in training emergency medical personnel in the treatment of trauma victims. Visit our current website at www.ed.bmc.org.

Information: 617-414-4929, maureen.watson@bmc.org


Boston Medical Center’s Partnership for Men’s Health — Health Fair

At this BMC health fair targeted to men, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides free oral health screenings and a wide range of information on various oral health topics such as oral cancer, children’s oral health, tobacco, meth mouth, and use of tobacco. Students from both the Dental School and the Forsyth Dental Hygiene Program at MCPHS volunteer their services at this very large and informative cancer screening event.

Information: 617-638-5222


Boston University Area Health Education Center

For more than a decade, this Center has been working in urban neighborhoods under the auspices of the Boston Medical Center. The Center develops educational programs that help to support the primary-care practitioners who are already there and encourage medical students to go into primary-care practice in the inner city. The Center also arranges for medical students to provide services to many of the 25 Neighborhood Health Centers throughout the city, which provide high-quality, primary health care in neighborhoods where it would not otherwise be available. Visit our current website at www.bumc.bu.edu/busm-ahec/boston-university-area-health-education-center.

Information: 617-638-511, 617-534-5258


Boston University Residence Life Wellness Fair, Charles River Campus

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine participates in this annual BU Center for Wellness and Residential Education “Be Well” Fair. The fair exposes undergraduates to a wide range of health and wellness activities and concepts. Oral health promotion activities are geared to oral health issues faced by college students.

Information: 617-638-5222, resed@bu.edu


Boston University School of Public Health Practice Office

This office initiates, fosters, and strengthens collaborative practice, teaching, and community-based research linkages between the School of Public Health and government and community agencies. The office develops, expands, and promotes different types of community practice and service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff at the School. Visit our current website at sph.bu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=201.

Information: 617-638-4656


Cancer Research Center

This Center sponsors educational programs, and its staff conducts patient-care activities at the Boston Medical Center and other hospitals affiliated with the School of Medicine. Visit our current website at www.bumc.bu.edu/clinicaltrials.

Information: 617-638-4173


Car Seat Program

Children’s car seats—both booster and convertible—are distributed to low- and moderate-income parents who are Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan members, through the social services department at the Boston Medical Center. The goal of the project, which was initiated through a grant from General Motors, is to reduce the probability of injury to young children.

Information: 617-414-5004, mary.chin@bmc.org


Center for Addictions Research & Services

The Boston University Center for Addictions Research & Services, based in the School of Social Work (BUSSW), addresses a broad range of addiction issues affecting individuals, families, and communities struggling with substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and the problems of access to substance abuse treatment. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/ars/.

Information: 617-353-7222, centerforaddictions@bu.edu


Center to Prevent Alcohol-Related Problems Among Young People

The Center is expanding and enhancing the School of Public Health’s (SPH) current alcohol-related research through collaborative projects and activities among researchers at SPH, the School of Medicine, and the Boston Medical Center. The Center includes three primary and three pilot research projects and also hosts seminars and workshops for the public. One study will investigate the after-effects of binge drinking on college students’ academic performance. Another effort will evaluate the effectiveness of brief alcohol counseling for young patients presenting at hospital emergency departments. The Center also facilitates the development of campus/community partnerships in Massachusetts to identify and implement programs to reduce college alcohol-related problems.

Information: 617-437-1500


Chelsea Comprehensive School-Based Oral Health Program

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides comprehensive dental services to children in the Chelsea Public Schools, including classroom education, dental screenings and referrals, placement of dental sealants, fluoride varnish applications, and restorative dental care. This program has been recognized as a best practice by the American Dental Education Association and includes classroom oral health education to over 3,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 6, dental screenings and referrals to over 2,200 children, and a city-wide sealant program for all Chelsea second graders. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-comprehensive-school-based.htm.


Chelsea Back to School Celebration

This outdoor summer event is sponsored by the Chelsea Public Schools and focuses on information needed to help students return to school healthy and ready to learn. Held at the Williams Middle School, this highly successful Back-to-School Fair is typically attended by more than 600 people and provides an excellent opportunity for Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine staff to distribute information on the Chelsea School Dental Center. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/dbin/infocenter/content/index.php?pageid=1180.

Information: 617-638-5222


Chelsea Early Childhood Project

Annual oral health education and screenings are provided to preschool-aged children in the Chelsea Early Childhood Project, which supports children aged two to four in day care centers and private homes. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Chelsea Early Learning Center Open House

Faculty and staff from the BU/Chelsea Partnership Dental Programs are invited to set up an information table at the Early Learning Center’s Open House for parents of children in grades pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Information is distributed to over 150 parents about the importance of early dental care and the availability of the Chelsea School Dental Center. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Chelsea Head Start (CAPIC)

Dental education, screening, and fluoride varnish applications are provided twice each year to Head Start students aged three to five enrolled in the CAPIC Head Start (Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop) Program. In addition, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine faculty offer oral health education to CAPIC teachers, family advocates, and parents. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Chelsea Intergenerational Literacy Program

Twice per year, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides oral health education to adults who are learning English as well as screenings and referral assistance for their children. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Chelsea Nutrition and Wellness Fair

This event, held at the Williams Middle School, offers an opportunity for school nurses and local health care providers to distribute printed information on various health topics. Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine faculty provide oral health education and information about the free oral health services offered to children from preschool age through high school at the Chelsea School Dental Center. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Chelsea School Dental Center (CSDC)

In the spring of 2003, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine opened the Chelsea School Dental Center, which is located within the health suite at Chelsea’s Williams Middle School. The CSDC gives care to Chelsea public school students regardless of their grade level or ability to pay for services. Routine preventative care, radiographs, and restorations are provided by a dental hygienist and a pediatric dentist. Since 2003, CSDC has provided thousands of students with preventative and restorative dental care. Many of the patients, who range in age from preschoolers to high school seniors, have never been to a dentist and would have no other source of dental care if it were not for this clinic. Four bilingual dentists devote time to treating patients in the clinic. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Child Witness to Violence Project

This counseling, advocacy, and outreach program, which is run under the auspices of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Boston Medical Center, provides services to young children and their families who have witnessed community or domestic violence, and offers training for professionals who treat victims. The goals of this service are to provide direct counseling intervention to children and families who are referred to the program and to provide training and consultation to caregivers of children. Visit our current website at www.childwitnesstoviolence.org/about.html.

Information: 617-414-4244


Comprehensive Care Program

This program at Boston Medical Center enhances the quality of health services and social support for children with complex medical conditions. It is a primary-care program for children from birth to 18 years old, offering medical, case management, and home-visiting services.

Information: 617-414-4773


Countdown to Kindergarten

An annual event, Countdown to Kindergarten prepares preschool children for entry into kindergarten in the Boston Public Schools. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine participates each year in this celebration held at the Boston Children’s Museum. With the assistance of Dental School student volunteers, a wide range of age-appropriate dental health activities and oral screenings are offered to the hundreds of children and parents in attendance.

Information: 617-638-5222


Crispus Attucks Children’s Center

Oral health screenings are provided for children aged birth to six years enrolled in the Crispus Attucks Center. Students from the MCPHS Forsyth Dental Hygiene Program assist Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine faculty in providing these yearly dental screenings. Additionally, oral health training is provided for Crispus Attucks staff. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Dental Health Centers

Through the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University provides quality dental care at reasonable rates to all residents of the Greater Boston community. Patients are served in two state-of-the-art clinics: at the Boston University Medical Center for the general public, and at a satellite facility on Commonwealth Avenue for the University community and their families.

Information: 617-638-4670 or 617-358-1000


Entre Familia

This residential program, associated with the Boston Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, provides treatment programs for Latina women with substance abuse problems and their children. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/bhlp/pages/resources/boston_based/latino.html.

Information: 617-534-2922


Framingham Early Childhood Fair

This fair, sponsored by a Framingham partnership, is designed to introduce children and their families to the variety of educational, health, and recreational resources available in Framingham. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides oral health education and promotes oral health awareness for the Framingham Fluoride Program and the SEAL Framingham Dental Sealant Program. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Framingham Fluoride Program

Funded by the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation, oral screenings and fluoride varnish applications are given to preschoolers at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) Framingham Head Start and to kindergarten and first grade children at three public elementary schools in Framingham. In addition, dental health education workshops are held each year for the Framingham Head Start staff and parents. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Framingham Healthy Kids Day

Hundreds of adults and their children attend this annual Healthy Kids Day event held at the MetroWest YMCA in Framingham. Dental health and nutrition information is provided to families through demonstrations using display boards and an animal puppet, and by educational handouts and activity sheets. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Give Kids A Smile, Rosie’s Place, Child Works Program

The BUGSDM chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) holds an interactive, age-appropriate dental health fair for the children who accompany their mothers to Rosie’s Place, a shelter for homeless, displaced, and battered women. In the past, the AAWD has received supplies for Give Kids A Smile from ADA/Colgate.

Information: 617-638-5222


Good Grief Program

This program of the Boston Medical Center trains teachers and child-care professionals nationwide to help children who are facing loss by helping these kids master coping skills. The program is open to health-care and mental health professionals as well as educators. The program also works closely with doctors, nurses, and social workers who treat children and their families facing a life-challenging illness.

Information: 617-414-4005


Grow Clinic

The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center provides multidisciplinary services for children not growing at a normal rate. These services include home visits, distribution of in-kind donations, and advocacy with community resources. The Grow Clinic also identifies and treats children at risk due to malnutrition. Visit our current website at www.bmc.org/pediatrics/services/Specialty/Development/GrowClinic/Index.html.

Information: 617-414-5251


Harbor Area Early Intervention Program Parents’ Oral Health Meeting

Children enrolled in this Early Intervention Program have health or developmental issues that make them more susceptible to oral health problems. Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine faculty provide parental education and dental screenings for children enrolled in this Boston-area program. Parents have the opportunity to ask questions regarding their children’s oral health and receive specific referral recommendations. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm

Information: 617-638-5222


Healing the Children

Since 1993, faculty members from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery have traveled to South American countries to provide direct care to more than 100 children annually. This work is done in affiliation with Healing the Children Northeast, Inc.—Missions Abroad, a charitable organization. The School’s faculty donate their time and expertise to this program. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-4350


Health-Care Affiliates

There are 25 New England hospitals, 15 neighborhood health centers, and numerous health-care agencies affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine. The Boston Medical Center and the Boston Veterans’ Administration Medical Center are the School’s principal affiliates in addition to many community hospitals. Students and faculty from the School of Medicine treat thousands of patients annually in these facilities.

Information: 617-638-5300


Health Careers Academy Community Health Fair

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers oral health and nutrition education materials and dental screenings to teens and young adults at this Health Careers Academy’s annual “Take the Orange Line to Better Health” community health fair at Ruggles Station in Boston. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Health Connection

This free health information and referral service is provided by Boston Medical Center and is staffed by registered nurses. Callers have access to a medical professional who determines the caller’s needs, assesses the immediacy of care or services needed, and answers medical questions. Additionally, nurses have access to a broad array of cancer information support services listings. Nurses are especially helpful to those callers who are uninsured and are having difficulty accessing appropriate health services. Health literature is provided upon request.

Information: 800-841-4325


Health Reform Program

This School of Public Health program designs practical solutions to healthcare problems—solutions that address the needs of all parties. The program’s first component, U.S. Health Reform, addresses problems at national and state levels, such as many patients’ inability to afford needed prescription drugs; the disproportionate closing of hospitals in minority and lower-income communities; and the affordability of expanded insurance coverage. The second component, the Access and Affordability Monitoring Project, identifies problems of unequal access to health care and the high cost of health care in Massachusetts; investigates their causes; monitors the progress of public and private efforts to ameliorate them; and designs alternative solutions. Visit our current website at sph.bu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=79&Itemid=107.

Information: 617- 638-5042


Healthy Baby/Healthy Child (HB/HC) Oral Health Promotion Program

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has developed an oral health promotion model aimed at preventing early childhood caries which targets high-risk, pregnant women and their children. Of particular importance are those living in communities that are disproportionately impacted by infant mortality and other health disparities. As part of the intervention, School of Dental Medicine faculty train public health nurses from the Boston Public Health Commission’s HB/HC home visitation program to carry out basic oral health assessments and provide oral health education to their clients. In addition, staff facilitates referrals for dental care as needed. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm

Information: 617-638-5222


Healthy Baby/Healthy Child (HB/HC) Summer Camp Picnic

In collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine participates in the Healthy Baby/Healthy Child Summer Camp Picnic activities at Franklin Park. Oral health education, enjoyable dental activities, and oral health screenings are offered to those attending this summer camp event. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm

Information: 617-638-5222


Healthy Public Housing

Environmental health faculty in the School of Public Health have developed a long-term partnership with Healthy Public Housing, a program in Boston Housing Authority developments that seeks to develop improvements that decrease asthma rates, especially in South Boston. Visit our current website at sph.bu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=54.

Information: 617-638-7720


Healthy Teeth for Tots

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine partners with Dorchester House Multi-Service Center to develop and implement a model program that creates a seamless collaboration between pediatricians and dental providers within the community health center. The result is decreased prevalence of early childhood caries and an increased number of children receiving preventive and restorative dental services. To date, the program has implemented pediatrician-administered caries risk assessment, oral health education, and fluoride varnish applications. Visit our current website at sph.bu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=54

Information: 617-638-5222


HIV Dental Care/Ryan White

Through support from the Ryan White Care Act, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides considerable treatment, which is mostly uncompensated, to patients with HIV and AIDS throughout New England. A network for education referral has been established and includes Cambridge Cares About AIDS, Boston University Medical Center, and Provincetown AIDS Support Group. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/dental/patients/ryanwhite.

Information: 617-638-5499


Join Together

This is a project of the Boston University School of Public Health, which supports Web-based efforts to reduce, prevent, and treat substance abuse across the nation. The program’s core mission is helping community leaders around the country be more effective in dealing with illicit drugs, alcohol abuse, tobacco use, inhalants, gun control, and violence prevention. Join Together hosts a public service website, AlcoholScreening.org, that helps risky drinkers understand the effects that their drinking may be having on their health, and points them to resources. More than 466,000 people have participated in this confidential screening over the past five years. Visit our current website at www.jointogether.org/sa

Information: 617-437-1500


Massachusetts Center for SIDS

Since 1975, the Massachusetts Center for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has provided counseling and information to families whose babies have died suddenly and unexpectedly from SIDS and other causes. The Center also provides 24-hour crisis counseling, counseling provided by community-based bereavement counselors, and parent support group meetings.

Information: 617-414-7437


Massachusetts Operation Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

This two-day multi-service intervention in Boston is designed to address the problems of homelessness among military veterans. Homeless veterans have access to free food, clothing, health care, and psychiatric and social work services at this annual event. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers dental screenings and oral health education to the many veterans in attendance.

Information: 617-638-5222


Massachusetts State House Health Fair

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and in partnership with Delta Dental of Massachusetts, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides oral health information, demonstrations, and oral cancer screenings for all interested attendees. Oral health screenings are integrated with other health screenings including cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density, and skin wellness. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm

Information: 617-638-5222


Mattapan Community Health Center’s Health Care Revival

The Mattapan Community Health Center’s annual event, Health Care Revival, provides up-to-date information on various health topics and community resources. At this event, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine faculty and students engage families in discussions on dental health behaviors including brushing, flossing, consuming a healthy non-cariogenic diet, and using preventive products such as fluoride, mouth guards, and sealants.

Information: 617-638-5222


MetroWest School-Based Sealant Programs

With generous support from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides an oral health education, screening, and sealant placement program for second graders in all eight public elementary schools in Framingham and all five public elementary schools in Natick.

Information: 617-638-5018


Natick Fluoride Program

This program, in conjunction with the MetroWest School-based Sealant Programs, provides dental screenings and fluoride applications to kindergarten and first-grade children in the Town of Natick. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5018


MGH Chelsea Summer Safety Fair

The MGH Chelsea Health Center’s Summer Safety Fair is an annual summer kick-off celebration that focuses on keeping children safe during the summer months. Children bring their bicycles for safety checks and receive free bike helmets. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers information about the use of mouth guards and the importance of dental visits, and children are invited to come to the Chelsea School Dental Center. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Occupational Therapy Volunteer Programs

Occupational therapy students at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College are involved with many volunteer activities, both through scheduled fieldwork placements and based on their individual initiatives. Each year, in the final semester of the academic program, students participate in the Group Leadership Experience, where they design and implement a weekly group, based on the identified needs of a community program. For example, student volunteers have worked directly with the Brookline Council on Aging promoting activity and wellness among senior citizens, and have provided a social skills group for pre-school students identified with developmental delays. Under the direction of faculty members, BU students volunteer in group programs for adults with Parkinson’s disease, aphasia, and at group homes for adults with psychiatric disabilities. During the junior year, students volunteer in multiple settings at the Perkins School for the Blind. Many additional opportunities are available through their student organization, BUSOTA (BU Student Occupational Therapy Association), BU’s Alternative Spring Break, and other relevant national and international volunteer programs.

Information: 617-638-2729


Orchard Gardens/Smart Smiles Second Grade Field Trip

Orchard Gardens K–8 School second graders participate in an annual spring field trip to the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Students enjoy a variety of hands-on activities in a health-fair type atmosphere with six dental stations. Additionally, some of the children receive sealants, dental cleanings, and fluoride applications, provided by dental students in the Dental Treatment Center on the sixth floor. The field trip finishes with a nutrition lesson and a healthy snack. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-sealants.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Outreach Core of the Superfund Basic Research Program

Through the Department of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health, investigators participate in presentations, meetings, and minicourses organized by participating community groups. A Community Advisory Committee provides feedback to the program on how the information is being used and understood, and what additional information a community needs regarding the Superfund, a federal law providing funds for cleaning up heavily polluted sites. Educational materials related to the program’s work are distributed to appropriate community groups and health-care professionals. A major portion of the Outreach Core is an internship program aimed at high school and community college students from underserved communities to promote interest in careers related to environmental health sciences. Visit our current website at http://www.busbrp.org/cores/community-outreach-core.html

Information: 617-638-4620


Outreach Van Project

The Outreach Van is a student-run community service project staffed by volunteers from Boston University Medical Center to provide health care to the medically underserved and homeless communities. Faculty and students go out one evening per week to East Boston to conduct free screenings and distribute clothing and other basic necessities to approximately 20 to 30 people weekly during the colder months and 65 to 75 people weekly when the weather is warmer. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides dental supplies for distribution to the many people served through this very beneficial outreach program. Visit our current website at people.bu.edu/outrach.

Information: 617-872-7782, outreach@bu.edu


Parkinson’s Disease Center

Headquartered at the Boston University Medical Center since 1979, this program administers an information and referral center that responds to more than 3,000 telephone inquiries every year and augments the Movement Disorders Center of the Boston Medical Center for clinical services.

Information: 617-638-8466


Public Health Education Week

During Public Health Education Week, School of Public Health (SPH) students, with support from faculty and staff, conduct high school education programs in Boston Public Schools. SPH students speak with high school students about the relevance of public health in their everyday lives, health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection.

Information: 617-414-1402


Research Science Institute

Since 1994, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has been a participant in the Research Science Institute, a six-week summer program for high school students. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the students experience college-level classes and complete hands-on research guided by selected mentors at corporations, universities, and organizations. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm.

Information: 617-638-5222


Rosie’s Place Wellness Fair

Through a long-standing program with Rosie’s Place, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine enables the women there to receive free basic dental care. The annual Rosie’s Place Wellness Fair provides an opportunity for the School to promote oral health to nearly 100 women by providing oral health information as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste. Visit our current website at www.creedd.org/rosiesplace.html.

Information: 617-638-5222


Sargent College Clinical Centers (SCCC)

The six clinical centers of Boston University’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, are providing care and service to patients and clients throughout Greater Boston. Programs are professionally staffed and open to all. With several locations, SCCC provides an array of services, ranging from physical therapy and rehabilitation to athletic enhancement, nutrition, and fitness. The academically driven centers include the Vocational Rehabilitation Center, the Speech, Language & Hearing Center, and the Center for Neurological Rehabilitation. The professional staff consists of experienced clinicians and specialists, as well as practicing faculty members. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/sccc.

Information: 617-353-8383


Sargent College Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

This health-awareness program encourages incorporating healthful habits in everyday life. Open to members of the BU community and those beyond, participants are asked to follow a different set of lifestyle tips every two weeks by online communications. More than 1,500 people have enrolled in the program in the past three years. This Web-based program is available online at www.bu.edu/sargent/challenge.

Information: 617-353-7476


Smart Smiles in Boston Public Schools

As part of a collaborative effort with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, the Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services, and the Boston Public Schools, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, through Smart Smiles in Boston Public Schools, provides dental health education to more than 2,600 children annually and sealant placement to over 1,100 second grade children in 38 Boston public elementary schools.

Information: 617-638-5222


Smart Smiles Sealant Coordination Center

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine serves as the Sealant Coordination Center (SCC) for Smart Smiles in Boston Public Schools. The SCC provides the infrastructure to develop and evaluate this school-based oral health sealant and referral program.

Information: 617-638-5222


Student Dental Health Plan

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine was the first dental school in the country to offer a dental plan for students at local colleges and universities, typically an underserved population. For a nominal annual fee, students and spouses receive preventive care and basic restorative and emergency services. Twenty-three local higher education institutions are members of the plan, including Boston University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and the University of Massachusetts. Visit our current website at sph.bu.edu/studentinsider/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1257&Itemid=115

Information: 617-638-4741


Summer Adventures in Learning Health Initiative (SAIL-HI)

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine partners with the Woodrow Wilson Community School in Framingham to implement SAILHI, a four-week summer camp for 100 disadvantaged elementary school children. At least one day each week is devoted to oral health education and includes interactive oral health presentations as well as dental screenings and referrals. Visit our current website at www.creedd.org.

Information: 617-638-5222


Survivors of Torture Oral Health Program

Since 1999, in collaboration with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR), the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has assessed and addressed the oral health needs of torture survivors through the Survivors of Torture Oral Health Program. During this past year, over 50 people received oral health education, dental screenings and referrals, and dental home-care products through participation in this program. Visit our current website at dentalschool.bu.edu/community/chp-oral-health-promotion.htm

Information: 617-638-5222


University of Massachusetts, Harbor Point, Student Wellness Fair

This annual health fair is carried out in collaboration with Health Services at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. The event offers students a variety of health and wellness materials, including dental health information, provided by the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine faculty and students using flipcharts, educational boards, dental hygiene samples, and printed information of interest to students.

Information: 617-638-5222


Urban Environmental Health Initiative

The School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health has built a partnership with its neighboring communities and with public health and environmental protection agencies under the aegis of the Urban Environmental Health Initiative. In this program, students benefit from the experiences of these partners and apply the lessons learned from thousands of hours of working to improve the lives and health of people in cities. It builds upon presentations on focused topics and readings of background literature to give students an understanding of how the built environment interacts with other public health issues. Teams of students then use geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze an issue, illustrate how it affects urban communities, and develop solutions to reduce environmental burdens. In addition, students volunteer hundreds of hours in the community, designing programs and providing information on environmental health. Visit our current website at sph.bu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=48&Itemid=76

Information: 617-638-4620


Wollaston Child Care Center — Oral Health Education

Preschool children participate in enjoyable and interactive oral health activities and receive free oral hygiene supplies at this annual oral health educational session held during dental health month.

Information: 617-638-5222