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    Morehouse School of Medicine Supports National Dental Association’s Deamonte Driver Dental Project

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 14, 2010

    Media Contact: 
    Frances Thompkins
    404-756-6701
    fthompkins@msm.edu


    Morehouse School of Medicine Supports National Dental Association’s
    Deamonte Driver Dental Project

    First Stop in a Three-State A “CALL TO ACTION” TOUR



    ATLANTA – Morehouse School of Medicine partnered with the National Dental Association in an ongoing effort to address and eradicate health disparities in the nation’s medical and dental communities.  The Deamonte Driver Dental Project Mobile Dental Unit travelled to Morehouse School of Medicine, located at 720 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331, on Wednesday, October 13, as part of a strategic three-state awareness tour.  The A “CALL TO ACTION” tour, coordinated by the National Dental Association (NDA), is a private tour designed to acquaint NDA members and potential members with the grassroots effort being made by the NDA to increase community awareness about the link between “good oral health and good overall health”.

    The program’s ultimate goal is to encourage members to make a recommitment to the mission of the NDA to improve oral health and overall health by increasing access and improving health literacy in underserved communities.

    “The premise of this tour is far greater than the mobile dental unit that bears Deamonte Driver’s name”, said John E. Maupin, Jr., D.D.S., M.B.A., President, Morehouse School of Medicine.  “Bridging the health disparity gap and ensuring access to healthcare and dental care in our most vulnerable communities, especially for our youth, continues to be a critically important issue that we must advocate for, in every corner of our society.”

    The Deamonte Driver Dental Project was named in memory of the 12 year old boy from Prince George’s County, MD who died in 2007 as a result of a brain abscess resulting from untreated tooth decay.  The project, administered by the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society Foundation, in conjunction with the National Dental Association, was launched in 2008.

    In addition to Atlanta, GA, private tours will also be conducted on the Deamonte Driver Dental Project mobile dental unit (MDU) in Chapel Hill, NC and Richmond, VA on October 14.

    About Morehouse School of Medicine
    Morehouse School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and addressing primary health-care needs through programs in education, research, and service, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia and the nation.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world — the Atlanta University Center (AUC). For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.

    About the National Dental Association
    The NDA is based in Washington D.C., representing the concerns of over 10,000 African American and minority dentists, as well as dental students, hygienists, assistants and auxiliaries across the country.  The mission of the NDA speaks directly to service of underserved communities, education and advocacy for its members, and recruitment of under - represented minorities into the profession.  Please log on to www.ndaonline.org  for further information.

    For more information visit:             
    www.deamontesdentalproject.org
    www.adi-mobilehealth.com