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26 from UTSD Volunteer at Education & Health Expo

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 2:13pm

Among 26 UTSD volunteers at the recent Education & Health Expo: For a Better Education were (from left) student Thanh Le, Dr. Catherine Flaitz, students Phoebe Laurent, Nicki Vu and Fouzia Mohammed; and Dr. Yasmine Haddad.

Among 26 UTSD volunteers at the recent Education & Health Expo: For a Better Education were (from left) student Thanh Le, Dr. Catherine Flaitz, students Phoebe Laurent, Nicki Vu and Fouzia Mohammed; and Dr. Yasmine Haddad.

Twenty-six students, residents, faculty and staff members of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston volunteered to provide oral health screenings and information at the recent Education & Health Expo:  For a Better Education held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The event was sponsored by FamiliesEmpowered, Children at Risk and Univision.

UTSD participants included dental students Tab Imdacha, Chelsea Elliott, Shannon Tovson, Jeema Dad and Cynthia Corral; dental hygiene students Cornelia Gagos, Nicki Vu, Thanh Le, Fouzia Mohammed, Monique Arellano, Suzette Soca and Phoebe Laurent; UTSD staff member Maria Segovia; faculty supervisors Catherine Flaitz, DDS, MS; Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD; and Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd.

UTSD residents also volunteered, including Drs. Fehmida Dosani, Jun Wu, Margaret O’Sullivan, Urvi Jadav, Adam Shisler, Rachel Dai, Alexander Falla, Jason Brock and Stephanie Ferguson, along with community dentist Levely Castelo, DDS.
 

Dental hygiene student Suzette Soca teaches correct brushing.

Dental hygiene student Suzette Soca teaches correct brushing.

At the Expo, Houston students and families received health screenings and immunizations. Parents were provided with information on health and wellness programs available in Houston and were also taught how to get involved with FamiliesEmpowered, so that they can receive information on how to maximize their childrens’ academic success, whether by selecting a new school, or by using existing resources to make the most of the schools their children currently attend. 

Expo’s goal was to provide families with information about community resources that complement and augment their central goal:  to develop healthy, happy and intellectually accomplished children. 

First-year dental hygiene student Arellano said it was her first time to participate in a health fair, and she was “very pleased to see that the parents were interested in the advice I gave them on how to apply oral hygiene instructions at home.”