Have you ever wanted to learn more about public health dentistry by both listening to individuals with knowledge of the field and participating in hands-on experiences? If so, you might be interested in joining Pitt’s chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Newly reinvigorated, our AAPHD chapter has been especially active this past year with both volunteering events and SCOPE lectures. Read on to see what we’ve been up to!
One of our most notable outreach events has been our participation in Love Yourself Luncheon 2018. Love Yourself Luncheon is an annual event for elementary school-aged girls aimed at helping them prepare for their transition to middle school while empowering them at the same time. As part of the event, the girls went around to different booths collecting giveaways and learning. At our booth, we asked the girls a couple questions about oral hygiene and rewarded them with some toothbrushes before they left. Some of the girls enjoyed playing with our typodonts and trying on masks, so we definitely inspired some future dentists!
In addition to our volunteering, we have also hosted multiple speakers for SCOPE lectures. Our first speaker of the year was Dr. Burgette. She discussed with us different areas of research for pediatrics and dental public health. It was an excellent introduction to this niche of dentistry for our members who wanted to learn more. We also hosted Dr. Weyant for a discussion, along with a delicious pizza lunch, about different types of work in public health and the future of the field.
Finally, our most recent event was our first ever Sip & Chat. First years were invited to come eat snacks and drink tea while second years gave them advice and study guides for the rest of the semester and the summer. It was so successful that we plan to make this a regular event!
Sounds like an all-around great time, doesn’t it? If you’re interested in joining the Pitt chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, contact our president Erika Babikow (firstname.lastname@example.org)