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Health Fairs & Screenings

Women, Infant, Child (WIC) Centers

Finding a venue to reach underserved communities is half the battle. By reaching out to those in need through Women, Infant and Child (WIC) centers in Los Angeles County, Ostrow School of Dentistry faculty and students are able to provide oral health screenings for babies and at-risk children while also providing their parents crucial information regarding nutrition and good oral health habits.

Since the program’s inception, more than 2,000 children and adults have been served.

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

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WIC Centers

Head Start

As part of the pediatric dentistry educational experience, Ostrow School of Dentistry faculty and students provide oral health screenings and education at a number of Early Head Start and Head Start programs throughout Los Angeles. A part of this program also involves educating the early childhood educators at these programs. These oral health screenings are a part of junior year curriculum providing practical experience in applying what the students have learned in the coursework. More than 1,000 children 0-5 years old have been screened at these Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

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

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National Head Start Association

Give Kids a Smile Day

“Give Kids a Smile!” Day is a national children’s oral health awareness event that takes place each February during National Children’s Dental Health Month. The goal is to improve the oral health of the many underserved children by providing oral health education, screening, prevention, and comprehensive treatment to children who can not usually access care. The Ostrow School of Dentistry’s “Give Kids A Smile!” program, one of many across the nation, offers preventative treatment and services to 300-500 children at a neighborhood elementary school each year.

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

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American Dental Association

Smoking Cessation – The Great American Smoke-Out

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC offers smoking cessation services to all of our patients within the School’s clinics. In addition to these efforts, the School has partnered with the American Cancer Society and the “USC Colleges Against Cancer” to promote the benefits of being tobacco free at programs such as “The Great American Smoke-Out” and other health fair activities. Faculty and staff volunteers answer questions, provide information on the ill effects of smoking and how to quit as well as cessation kits. Dental Hygiene faculty and students provide anti-tobacco education at local schools and community events as part of their curriculum throughout the year.

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

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American Cancer Society
Colleges Against Cancer at USC

Oral Cancer Screenings

Ostrow School of Dentistry faculty members in collaboration with the Oral Health Foundation are active in organizing annual screenings as part of a nation-wide tour to raise awareness of oral cancer and to provide access to screening to people who might not otherwise be screened.

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

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Oral Cancer Foundation

Health Fairs

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC dental hygiene students and doctoral dental students volunteer to promote oral health, provide free oral screening exams, provide preventive care instruction and educational materials at more than 20 health fairs a year sponsored primarily by schools, local government and social service agencies, faith-based and other community organizations. Our mobile dental vans are often used to provide free screenings at these events.

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