3 Tier Approach: SSBS offers a variety of opportunities for current Predoctoral students at CDM at varying degrees of involvement from our staff. Students are encouraged to partner with SSBS’ regularly coordinated events. Students can participate at any level, from organizing logistics to doing oral health screenings in the community (Tier 1 engagement). We also provide opportunities for students to design, develop, and implement their own community engagement project, as in our Student-run Community Partnership Program as outlined below (Tier 2 engagement). We also offer one-to-one mentorship in research projects and student-designed community engagement initiatives (Tier 3 engagement).
Student Community Partnership Program (SCPP): In SSBS’ Student Community Partnership Program, student groups propose a project addressing needs in the young child, adolescent, or older adult population through communication and coordination with the affiliated community organization.
For example: Lessons In A Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials and Facts about Snacks is an oral health literacy program designed to empower children and families with knowledge on good oral health, including routine dental care, oral health
maintenance and good dietary choices.
Bi-Annual Fall Convocations and Spring Symposiums: Every year, SSBS sponsors enriching lectures featuring outstanding speakers that address issues on the Future of Pediatric Dentistry, such as finance and delivery, working with underserved populations, the Affordable Care Act, etc. We offer Continuing Education credits for registered participants.
Miles for Smiles: This annual community engagement event is a walk and street festival to create awareness of Early Childhood Caries in the community and to promote healthy habits.