NCOHF affiliate of year

March 29, 2011
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry-Division of Pediatric Dentistry accorded honor.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina--National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s Toothfairy has announced that the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry-Division of Pediatric Dentistry has been named the 2011 Affiliate of the Year.

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The Affiliate of the Year Award is presented annually to a member of the NCOHF affiliate network in recognition of exemplary commitment to eliminating pediatric dental disease in their community. As part of this affiliate network, NCOHF has provided UCSF with over $165,000 to date in financial and product support to aid in their efforts to deliver oral health services to underserved children.

Under the leadership of Dr. Brent Lin and Dr. Pamela Den Besten, the UCSF School of Dentistry ensures at-risk families throughout the Bay Area have access to comprehensive oral health care. The UCSF School of Dentistry employs NCOHF programs, such as Students United for America’s Toothfairy, Tomorrow’s Smiles and Train the Trainer to provide these families with the educational, preventive, and restorative services that they need.

Dr. John Featherstone, dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of San Francisco California, stated, "I am so proud of our dedicated faculty and students who have so ably made amazing use of the assistance offered by the NCOHF to improve the oral health of thousands of underserved children. They have laid the groundwork for others to follow and continue to make an impact."

In a ceremony in Chicago Feb. 24, 2011, Fern Ingber, CEO and president of National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s Toothfairy, presented Dr. Featherstone with a plaque commemorating the schol's contribution. NCOHF also awarded a $1,000 grant to the UCSF Students United for America’s Toothfairy chapter in support of their ongoing efforts to rescue underserved children from pediatric dental disease.

“UCSF has exhibited exemplary leadership and outstanding delivery in critical oral health services to our nation’s most underserved children,” remarked Ingber. "It is our honor to recognize them as an affiliate that has made such a difference in their community."

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