Community Programs Reach Thousands

Community Programs Reach Thousands

In addition to community outreach through the Healthy Smiles program in Omaha public schools and the volunteer care at the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic on the Rosebud Reservation, the students and faculty of the School of Dentistry are involved in a number of other community-based programs.

Give Kids a Smile

For over a decade, the School of Dentistry has hosted the annual Give Kids a Smile event to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. More than 120 volunteers provide education and care for local children and families in need.

ILAC Dental Program

The Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) dental program sends six teams of Creighton dental students, faculty and alumni to the Dominican Republic annually. The dental teams provide sealants, extractions, fillings, cleanings and other dental services for more than 1,200 patients in need annually. Creighton dental has been involved since ILAC was founded in 1973.

Night Clinic

Patients prescreened at OneWorld Community Health Center and the Magis Clinic (a health clinic founded and run by Creighton medical students for homeless men, women and children) receive treatment twice a month in the evening at the Creighton Dental Clinic. Volunteer students and faculty make this service possible.

Project Homeless Connect

Dental students and faculty volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, which is held on the Creighton campus and offers a variety of services for the homeless. Acute care and more than 300 sets of dentures have been provided at the annual event.

Special Olympics: Special Smiles

In partnership with the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, dental faculty, staff and students provide noninvasive oral health screenings, dental hygiene education and nutritional counseling to scores of Nebraska’s Special Olympics athletes.

Classroom and Community Presentations

Students and faculty volunteer at community health fairs and students provide educational presentations to Omaha public and Catholic schools, senior centers, refugee centers and homeless shelters.

Senior Service-Learning

The Senior Service-Learning Program is offered in partnership with Omaha’s Charles Drew Health Center, Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center and the OneWorld Community Health Centers. Each senior dental student spends two weeks providing dental care at a local public clinic. Basic preventive, restorative, diagnostic and surgical care provided by the students increases the capacity of the dental safety net in Omaha.

Exploring Dentistry

This 10-week educational program for high school students who have expressed an interest in dentistry is offered to more than 400 youth annually.