Category results for: Public Health

Wise MoM event showcases service at the heart of VCU School of Dentistry

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Missions of Mercy (MoM) returned to Wise, Va., on July 22 and 23 to provide free dental care to residents of Southwest Virginia. Over two days, more than 300 volunteers served 322 patients, providing free oral health care valued at more than $400,000. Dozens of VCU School of […]

VCU Dental Care serves underinsured families at annual Give Kids a Smile event

On Friday, Feb. 18, 76 children from local families received free oral health care at the VCU Dental Care Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile initiative, each year students, faculty and staff from VCU School of Dentistry and VCU Dental Care come together to provide oral health care […]

Together again changing lives, one smile at a time

This article is reprinted with permission from The Virginia Home’s fall newsletter. Jeffrey Levin, D.D.S., began volunteering with The Home in the spring of 2021. Dr. Levin owned a prominent private dental office in the West End of Richmond and retired earlier this year. Serving as a clinical professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School […]

Study: Many Medicaid-enrolled women in Virginia weren’t aware of dental pregnancy benefits

Though Virginia enacted comprehensive dental care coverage for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in March 2015, a significant portion of this population remained unaware of the benefit even years later, according to a study by researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health, a survey of […]

VCU Dental Care and CHoR team up with Glen Lea Elementary School to keep kids healthy and in the classroom

When a student sees the school nurse for a stomachache, tooth pain or other non-emergency medical situation, parents are often asked to pick them up and come back with a note from the doctor. This means kids miss school and adults lose time from work or other responsibilities. A new program between Children’s Hospital of […]

PRIDE: resources and reflections

From the office of Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry. Continuing on our path towards a more inclusive School of Dentistry, we wanted to take a moment to both reflect  and celebrate PRIDE and the recognition of our LGBTQ+ community members – patients, students, staff and […]

Celebrating Juneteenth

A message from Dr. Carlos Smith, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry. The School of Dentistry, under the auspices of both the State of Virginia and the greater Virginia Commonwealth University, recognizes Juneteenth as a state wide and university holiday on June 18, 2021. As part of the School […]

It’s OK to not be OK

It’s OK to not be ok – Continued [racialized] violence and why dialogue matters in the journey to racial equity and inclusion By Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., MDiv, FACD Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion; Director, Ethics Curriculum Many in the dental profession are known to be high achievers – rightly so, navigating the landscape of […]