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ADA donates gift to UCSF dental clinic in honor of former ADA Foundation board

November 19, 2019

By David Burger

Intent: UCSF dental student Sapna Saini treats Shay Collins, 4, during a visit to the dental school's Community Dental Clinic in September. Photo by EZ Events Photography.
San FranciscoThe ADA is donating $25,000 to the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry Community Dental Clinic in “recognition of your successes,” said ADA President Chad P. Gehani in a Nov. 7 letter to the dental school’s dean, Dr. Michael Reddy.

This gift is made in honor of the 2019 former ADA Foundation Board of Directors.

“Throughout their service to the ADAF, these individuals worked tirelessly to initiate and support programs that would provide access to oral health care to the underserved, just as this gift will continue to support the Community Dental Clinic with continuity of care for all the underserved patients seen,” Dr. Gehani wrote.

The donation comes on the heels of a “highly successful” Community Dental Clinic event during the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco on Sept. 4, said Dr. Gehani.

“We were all impressed with the event and the achieved goal of providing crucial oral health care services to those in need,” Dr. Gehani wrote. “The event left a lasting impression on the entire ADA community.”

Dr. Gehani continued: “Thank you for all that you do to provide oral health care to the neediest in San Francisco and beyond. I am confident that this gift will allow you to expand and enhance your good work.”

The student-run University of California San Francisco Community Dental Clinic, which began in 1993, partners with community organizations assisting local underserved populations throughout the city, provides preventive and restorative dental care to the homeless, undocumented immigrants, political refugees, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as underserved children.

What began as a bimonthly oral health screening clinic for the Multi-Service Center, the city's largest homeless shelter, it has since evolved into a weekly comprehensive dental clinic that serves five Bay Area community partners — serving about 20 patients every Wednesday evening.

According to the university, the clinic provides some $100,000 in dental services each year, totaling more than $1 million over the clinic's lifetime.

In anticipation of the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress being held in San Francisco, the ADA Foundation awarded the dental clinic a Collaboration Grant of $20,000 to support an increase in the number of patients seen during the congress. It was part of the ADA's continuing efforts to support a philanthropic program or organization in the location of each year's annual meeting.

Read an ADA News story about the clinic during the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress.

The ADA Foundation board in 2019 comprised, in alphabetical order:
• Ann Bruck.
• Dr. William R. Calnon, president.
• Dr. Sally J. Cram.
• Dr. Teresa A. Dolan.
• Dr. Luis J. Fujimoto.
• Dr. Patsy K. Fujimoto.
• Dr. Marshall L. Gallant.
• Dr. Dana T. Graves.
• Dr. Edward J. Green.
• Dr. Mary J. Hayes.
• Dr. Linda K. Himmelberger.
• Dr. Roger Kiesling.
• Dr. Daniel J. Klemmedson.
• Dr. Howard I. A. Lieb.
• Dr. Michael C. Lynch.
• Dr. Frank A. Maggio.
• Dr. Maritza Morell.
• Dr. Kathleen T. O’Loughlin.
• Dr. Fotinos S. Panagakos.
• Michele Penrose.
• Dr. Gary L. Roberts.
• Dr. James D. Stephens.
• Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi.
• Dr. Nipa Thakkar.
• Dr. Roy Thompson.