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Educational Programs

Pacific Aids Education and Training Center

The Ostrow School of Dentistry partners with the Pacific AETC—a non-profit organization dedicated to educating health professionals about HIV/AIDS—to provide training for oral health professionals in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. The training program teaches health care providers—including dentists, dental hygienists, nurses, and dental assistants—to recognize early signs of HIV infection and oral conditions that may herald the onset of AIDS, as well as manage oral health care regardless of the patient’s stage of HIV infection.

Please contact Irene Reyna at irene@usc.edu for more information or about contributing volunteer hours.

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Pacific AIDS Education Training Center

Teeny Teeth Program – Young and Healthy

Through a partnership between the Ostrow School of Dentistry and Young and Healthy — a Pasadena-based health care program that provides free medical, dental, psychological and case-management services to low-income, uninsured children—the First Smiles curriculum is utilized to provide oral health training to school nurses. The curriculum provides an understanding of the science behind the caries process, the importance of dental care/screening for children, the extent of the dental epidemic, risk assessment and anticipatory guidance for children, and knowledge of how to provide a dental screening for children.

Additionally, screening exams and educational programs are held for children and their mothers at various sites affiliated with Young and Healthy.

Please contact Irene Reyna at irene@usc.edu for more information or about contributing volunteer hours.

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Young and Healthy Pasadena

Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation

Efforts to improve the oral health of underserved children served by the Ostrow School of Dentistry are enhanced by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation through their reading program, ‘A Book Just For Me’. The foundation provides free books to children who complete their dental treatment with the hope of fostering in them a love for literature. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation gives over 2,500 books away annually through Ostrow School of Dentistry clinics. The foundation also provides monetary support to many Ostrow School of Dentistry community health programs including Give Kids A Smile Day.

Please contact Irene Reyna at irene@usc.edu for more information or about contributing volunteer hours.

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Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation