UCSF Oral Health Alliance

We would like to thank everyone that came out on Saturday March 10th, for the OHA College Day and Symposium. The events were a great success! We have posted College Day pictures on our Facebook page and currently have Symposium videos on our Youtube page. We would also like to thank all our great speakers at the Symposium: Jill Malmgren, Dr. David Krol, Benjamin Bluml, Julie Coan, and Dr. Maureen Shannon. Everyone in attendance was enthralled by their research, passion, and commitment to alleviating oral health disparity in under-served communities. The turn-out to the College Day event was fantastic!

There were more than seventy attendees and there were ten posters submitted to our annual poster competition. The first prize went to UCSF dental student Ivy Vuong ($100 Amazon card prize); Second place went to Duy Bui ($75 Amazon card prize); Third place went to OHA student scholar Angela Rae Tolentino ($50 Amazon card prize). We would like to further acknowledge and thank Jill Malmgren and the National Children's Oral Health Foundation for once again donating funds for food (breakfast, lunch, and reception) and for poster prizes. Lastly, we want to thank all of the UCSF students who helped make these events great! See you next year!

We would like to congratulate our Oral Health Alliance student scholar, Fatima Natouf: She has recently been accepted to the UCSF School of Dentistry and will be joining the class of 2022. Fatima is the epitome of the great diversity of hard working immigrants that come to America to succeed and make America a better place. She was born in Syria and immigrated with her family in 2005: They currently live in Oakland, CA. Fatima is currently pursuing a M.S. in Biological Sciences at CSU East Bay. And despite the rigors of a Master’s Degree program, Fatima finds the time to volunteer at local community clinics where her focus is on advocating oral health to underserved children: She volunteers at Fight Hunger, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, where she tutors elementary school children in math and science. She has even found the time to work with Syrian refugees, assisting them with resettlement in the San Francisco Bay Area and adapting to their new home. As a recipient of UCSF/HRSA Student Community Enhancement Scholarship, she is carrying out a project to improve oral health care in her community by focusing on establishing a network of viable resources. Fatima has shown our team and everyone in her community that she is inexhaustible, hard-working, and simply a remarkable individual. We are all very fortunate to have her as a part of the OHA family. Congratulations, Fatima!