Outreach is one of the cornerstones of the Foundation’s current fundraising campaign. This includes assisting patients in underserved communities, highlighting the role endodontics play in the dental community, providing mentorship and hands-on opportunities for dental students to work alongside specialists, and engaging younger members.
The Foundation formed REACH, the Resident Expert Advisory Council, consisting of 10 endodontic residents, to advise the Foundation on outreach efforts. Thanks to your support, endodontists were able to make an impact on an international level during four recent trips to assist a dental clinic in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, through the Foundation for Endodontics and Henry Schein Cares Foundation Outreach Program. Participating endodontists and residents gave desperately needed care to underprivileged patients, saving teeth and improving the quality of life for many. Over six trips to the Helping Hands Clinic, more than 2,600 patients have received dental care and 18 Foundation volunteers have performed 220 root canal treatments.
|Dates||Number of Foundation Volunteers||Total Patients Served||Number of Endodontic Treatments Performed|
|7/9 - 7/16/17||3||420||24|
|7/29 - 8/5/17||3||481||30|
|10/21 - 10/29/17||3||477||43|
Work is underway to identify future opportunities to serve both domestic and international communities. Outreach USA will call on residents from endodontic programs across the country to serve in local communities in a variety of fashions while the Foundation will provide funding, publicity and help with in-kind support.
Outreach efforts not only help patients receive much-needed dental care to save teeth, they enrich the lives of the endodontists and residents who provide the assistance. Those who have volunteered on past trips count the experience as extremely fulfilling and rewarding.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Foundation for Endodontics' outreach efforts.