Forward into April

Dear Dugoni School Family,

I hope this message finds you well.  I had the opportunity to meet with our student leaders from the DDS, IDS, and Hygiene Classes of 2020 yesterday through Zoom. I am so proud of the incredible leaders we have here at the Dugoni School. We discussed many issues of importance for our graduating students.

I also wanted to share the news from earlier this week about the statewide callout for healthcare workers. California is opening additional health care sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve the pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases. The California Health Corps website is accepting interest from health professionals, including dental professionals. 

We regularly look to highlight various health-related promotional initiatives and I would like to continue to do that to raise awareness. As we begin a new month, I would like to remind you that April is “Oral Cancer Awareness Month.” As oral healthcare providers, we are on the front lines of helping to identify oral cancer. The good news is that it can often be found early through a quick and painless head and neck screening. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects from treatment are at their lowest. The Oral Cancer Foundation has a variety of educational resources online to help the public better understand oral cancer. 

In addition, the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance has designated April 13-19 as Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

Please feel free to explore these links and resources and I look forward to being able to provide important and life-saving screenings for our patients again soon. While our schedules may be adjusted these days, we have a world of information at our fingertips to help us learn and grow in our profession.

I know that some of you may have been hoping for an April Fool’s joke today but I decided that instead of a prank, it would be good to suggest the opposite. Find at least one person today for whom you will do a good deed while maintaining your safe social distance.  If you have friends or family that may be living alone and do not have connections with many others, contact them and see how they are doing.  Our physical and mental health can be strained during such times of stress and isolation… human kindness will light our way through.