On Saturday, Nov. 1, students from University of North Carolina’s School of Dentistry and School of Medicine will present “Prevention Through Education,” a children’s dental health program geared toward newly arrived refugees and immigrants living in Oak Creek Village on Garrett Rd. in Durham. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Vintage Church, 4310 Garrett Rd., Durham.
The residents of Oak Creek Village are refugees and immigrants from a diverse array of countries, among them Myanmar, Vietnam, Sudan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Colombia, and the Central African Republic. Many of the families lack access to health care and have little knowledge of the importance of oral health to overall physical health. Oral care early in life is particularly important to prevent childhood caries, or decay, in young children.
Prevention Through Education is being organized by the UNC Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association and other community members, including Schweitzer Fellow Kate Magee, a UNC medical student who is conducting a nutrition and physical education program at Oak Creek Village for her Fellowship project.