Global Health Nexus, Spring 2000

Screenings Around Town

Several screening programs conducted last fall exemplify NYU Dentistry's commitment to promoting the well-being of the community. One was a team effort among NYU Dentistry, the SUNY College of Optometry, and the New York College of Podiatry, to offer free screenings for oral health, vision, and podiatric problems. Held in November in recognition of National Diabetes Week, the program drew over 1,000 New Yorkers. In addition to the free screenings, participants received information about diabetes and its implications for oral health, vision, and podiatric health. And NYU Dentistry volunteers had the gratification of contributing their time and talents to a cause larger than any single institution.

In December, NYU Dentistry faculty, students, and staff helped to capture the holiday promise and deliver it to New York's youngsters by participating in a holiday toy drive, sponsored by the NYU Administrative Management Council and New York City's 9th Precinct police station. In addition to contributing and distributing toys, volunteers screened 300 kids on the new NYU Dentistry dental van. Dean Alfano said he could think of no better way for NYU Dentistry to celebrate the season.