Please join me in congratulating Kathryn Shimizu from the DDS Class of 2022 for having her essay, “More Than Teeth: What Your Dental Team Wants You To Know About Health Misinformation,” selected to represent the Dugoni School in the American Dental Association’s 2021 Health Literacy in Dentistry Essay Contest. Thank you Kathryn for taking the time to share your thoughts in this national contest! 

Also, congratulations to Dental Hygiene Program Director, Professor Lory Laughter and her fellow co-authors of “Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology for the Dental Hygienist,” for being recognized as a finalist in the Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2021. Their publication was highlighted in the “Nursing and Allied Health” category. Read more about the awards.

Every year, oral health professionals and organizations recognize February as National Children's Dental Health Month. This is an opportunity to promote the importance of good oral health care for children, their caregivers, and children's health professionals across the country. Some resources, including activity sheets for kids, are available on the American Dental Association’s website. Resources for parents are available on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s website for parents.

Thank you to our students, residents, faculty, and staff at the Dugoni School’s Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, Redmond Family Orthodontic Clinic, and Special Care Clinic for all you do to care for our young patients throughout the year.

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a unique challenge and are at an even higher risk of developing oral health conditions. Maintaining good oral hygiene can become difficult due to a variety of reasons such as accompanying health issues or poor dexterity.

Dr. Allen Wong and I had the opportunity to participate in a new cover story, “An Underserved Population: Expanding Access to Care for Patients with IDDs,” in this month’s Inside Dentistry. Learn more about this topic by reading the story (and you can read a digital copy of the whole magazine here.)

Dear Dugoni School Family,

Welcome to a fresh start to a new month on this first day of February.  As we held our vaccine clinic last night with members of our school family continuing to volunteer their time and serve our school family and community, I was struck by the fact that we started providing these life-saving vaccines to members of our school family and community almost exactly one year ago.

Happy Lunar New Year to the Dugoni School family and to those around the world who celebrate. We certainly hope the “Year of the Tiger” brings healing and good news both here and abroad. Learn more about the international holiday celebrated in many Asian countries here.

February is also recognized as Black History Month. A variety of events, performances, and celebrations are taking place both virtually and in person to highlight the role of Black / African American people in our country’s history. Please see a list of opportunities in which to get involved here.

I have some good news to share as we finish up the week. On Tuesday, the Dugoni School received the Community Excellence Award for Community Engagement from the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District in honor of the many ways we served the neighborhood in 2021. Some of these activities included our clinical services, vaccination efforts, patient emergency care and funding, community outreach, and our public awareness campaign about the importance of oral health.

All of our students, residents, faculty, and staff played a part in making these efforts a success so thank you to each of you. I hope you feel good about your positive impact on the lives of others.

Please learn more in this news story. Also, I had the opportunity to make comments on behalf of the school during a virtual awards presentation you can watch on YouTube below (The school’s section starts at 4:19 and includes pictures of some of our volunteers.)