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During this holiday season and throughout the year, I am thankful for the people who make the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry such a special place. Everyone plays an important role in fulfilling our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

Please watch a holiday greeting from one of my recent walks around the school.

Warm wishes to you and your loved ones!

Dear Dugoni School Family,

As Thanksgiving approaches, please know how thankful I am to have each of you as part of our school family. All of our wonderful students, residents, faculty, staff, and alumni play a key part in fulfilling our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

Enjoy your time with friends and family over the upcoming holiday weekend. For those of you who will be coming to the school’s Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, we are glad you will be together on the holiday.

This week is also a great opportunity for us to show appreciation for the special people who have impacted our lives and to pause and take note of all of the good and positive things in our world.

Thank you…I am inspired by how much you give to the school, our community, and the profession.

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD

“National Allied Health Week” is being celebrated November 5 to 11, and provides an opportunity to shine a light on the important role that allied health professionals play as part of today’s interconnected healthcare teams.

Who are allied health professionals?  They are the professionals involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation and health systems management, among others. Allied health professionals include dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental lab technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists, to name just a few roles.

The recognition week is organized by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. ASAHP membership consists of 116 academic institutions and four professional associations.

To learn more about the many roles that are considered part of the allied health field, feel free to visit the link here.

I want to thank all our allied health professionals for your support of the faculty, students, staff, and patients.  We achieve our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives because of you.

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The fires in Sonoma and Napa counties are affecting many people in the North Bay community including some members of the Dugoni School and University family.

We are monitoring the news reports and encourage you to be safe as this incident develops. These fires undoubtedly affect some of our own students, faculty, staff, alumni and patients, or their friends and family members. We encourage you to be flexible with your schedule if you are being immediately affected or need to care for family members or other loved ones who are impacted by the fires.

Updates about the location and status of the fires are available at the Cal Fire web site and in numerous local news media including SFGate.

Please also keep in mind that the University has an Employee Assistance Program available to employees and their dependents. This program offers free and confidential assessment and counseling services for people who are in need.

Resources for students include Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provide through the University.

Students who would like more information about assistance available to them may also contact the dental school’s Office of Student Services on the 4th Floor.

Source: ABC7