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Season’s greetings as we celebrate a special year here in San Francisco!

Enjoy an entertaining look back at the first 125 years of University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

While the times have changed, thanks to you, our commitment to excellence, innovation, leadership, and service remain as strong as ever.

Wishing you the very best this holiday season!

Dean Nader A. Nadershahi

Our volunteers continue to provide vaccines for our community throughout the week.  This past Saturday we also hosted a COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Dugoni School has played an important role in providing equitable access to vaccines for this group of individuals. I am so proud of the work that our vaccine clinic volunteers continue to do to serve others. 

Thursday is Veterans Day, an opportunity to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. This year our school is hosting an expanded health event for veterans. From 9:00 am to noon, veterans will be offered a free oral health check, hearing screening, and a COVID-19 booster vaccine for those who are eligible. Thank you to our partners in the audiology program for also joining in this year’s event. The Employee Volunteer Opportunities Committee (EVOC) is spearheading volunteers to help. More details are on the event calendar. Also please feel free to share the Facebook event link to help spread the word. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 415.400.8437. 

National Allied Health Professions Week is being celebrated November 7-13. It provides an opportunity to shine a light on the important role that allied health professionals play as part of today’s interconnected healthcare teams. These professionals are 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. To learn more, visit the ASAHP website.  

National Radiologic Technology Week is also being celebrated this week. It is an annual awareness event established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to celebrate the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety. Thank you to our radiology technicians and the staff, students, residents, and faculty who are involved in providing radiology services to our patients here at the Dugoni School. To learn more, visit the ASRT website

We appreciate all of our professional colleagues who work across healthcare. Together, we play important roles in helping people lead healthy lives through our own unique talents and contributions.  

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time to celebrate the work dental hygienists do as part of the oral healthcare team. Many countries around the world do not have formalized training for dental hygiene, but in the United States we are fortunate to have robust educational pathways, including our very strong Dental Hygiene program. This month’s Inside Dental Hygiene magazine features an article, "Shaping the Future", with insights from Professor Lory Laughter about the next generation of leaders in the profession.

In some statewide news, on October 8, Governor Newsom signed a new law that gives dentists permanent authority to administer COVID-19 and influenza vaccines. Also, California-licensed dentists can also now apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office. Read an overview article and the text of the law.

The Dugoni School will also have a contingent of volunteers providing dental screenings at the 26th Annual Chinatown Community Health Fair this Saturday, October 16. Thank you to Dr. Bonnie Jue, Associate Professor Christine Miller, and our students who are volunteering. This year’s event is hybrid, with health screenings provided on site and virtual workshops on Zoom. It is wonderful to see these community health events reborn in new ways. A flyer is attached and more details are on the fair’s Facebook page.

We have good news about a new $225,000 grant the school recently received from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. People across Northern California who face challenges accessing oral health care will benefit. The gift will help our Student/Patient Emergency Fund assist low-income patients impacted who need assistance in paying for out-of-pocket costs to continue their treatment. It will also help fund care for military veterans through a new partnership with the nonprofit Everyone for Veterans. The grant will also fund the planning stage for a unique mobile education program to train dental hygienists in the Central Valley. Read more about the grant here.

There is a lot of excitement in the air with the SF Giants and LA Dodgers playoff game tonight. In other community news, this Sunday, October 17, is Sunday Streets “Phoenix Day.” It marks the return of San Francisco’s Sunday Streets with a bigger-than-ever program taking place across the City, featuring open streets, pop-ups, and dozens of neighbor-hosted block parties citywide.