Director of Community Outreach
DELANEY ISLIP & TYLER BRENNAN
Community Service Chair
Community Service Committee is dedicated to improving the community through dental and non-dental volunteering. Annual events include the Halloween Fair at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, the Thanksgiving Day Health Fair, and Give Kids a Smile. Past events include beach clean-ups, oral health instruction at homeless shelters, and Griffith Park clean-ups. The committee continues to strive to increase its contribution to the community by targeting specific needs and having more events and participation.
Oral Health- Geriatric Chair
The Oral Health: Geriatrics Committee focuses on community service for the geriatric population. We plan to hit the ground running in the fall with events to improve the oral health of the elderly and increase awareness of healthcare workers in long term care facilities. We have plans to hold at lunch and learns spanning a variety of subjects related to geriatric patients and the issue of access to dental care in this country.
Oral Health: Special Needs Chair
The Oral Health: Special Needs Committee focuses on community service for special needs populations. We plan to hit the ground running in the fall with events to improve the oral health of special needs patients and increase awareness of healthcare workers in long term care facilities. We have plans to hold at lunch and learns spanning a variety of subjects related to special needs patients and the issue of access to dental care in this country.
Oral Health- Peds & Teens Chair
The Oral Health: Pediatrics/Teens Committee members hope to provide information pertaining to nutrition and drug use in some kind of take home pamphlet that we can hand to middle and high school students. We cannot wait to start recruiting members for this committee, and start visiting schools quarterly. The Oral Health: Pediatrics/Teens Committee will be looking for members who are passionate about teaching middle and high school students about the importance of oral health!
Oral Health- Oral Cancer Chair
The Oral Health: Oral Cancer Committee educates the general public about the consequences and prevention of oral cancer, especially in lower income communities. Events such as high school visits, health fairs, and lunch lectures are highly effective, while also providing opportunities for students to expand their experiences, both didactically and clinically. At these events, we hope to provide patients with oral cancer screenings and referrals, when appropriate. The ultimate vision is to bring proper light to this silent cancer and reduce the number of lives lost to it.
Oral Health- HIV Education Chair
The Oral Health: HIV Education Committee assists the many communities around Los Angeles that seek oral health education. We have the opportunity to network with such centers and educate HIV positive patients about oral health and oral manifestations of HIV. Furthermore, the UCLA dental clinic serves a great number of the HIV positive patients, a number which continues growing. It is important for student dentists to be comfortable and aware of how to approach and treat such patients on a daily basis. Our goal is to organize visits to HIV community centers in the Greater Los Angeles Area for presentations on recognizing oral lesions often seen in HIV patients, maintaining oral health, and accessing care. Working in this committee is an amazing opportunity to reach out to the HIV positive community as well as to encourage awareness of and sensitivity towards the subject for students.
The Philanthropy Committee organizes two to three trips to Honduras each year so dental students may provide dental services and improve the quality of health to under-served populations.
Veteran Services Chair
Veteran Service Committee's goal is to help homeless and impoverished veterans of Los Angeles County who have served their country honorably but may not have access to or be eligible for dental care. Dental benefits for veterans are provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides full dental care coverage to veterans that were formerly prisoners of war, have a service-connected compensable dental condition, or are 100% disabled due to a service-connected condition. Veterans who don’t meet these specific criteria have limited dental benefits and may not receive the care they need. There are over 320,000 Veterans in Los Angeles County and it is estimated that only 21.8% of them actually utilize their Veteran Healthcare Benefits
Other activities may include preparing care packages for deployed servicemen and women or assisting in building homes for wounded veterans. The opportunities for this committee are many as we search for ways to express appreciation for the many veterans in greater Los Angeles.