Several screening programs conducted last fall exemplify NYUCD's commitment
to promoting the well-being of the community. One was a team effort among
NYUCD, the SUNY College of Optometry, and the New York College of Podiatry,
to offer free screenings for oral health, vision, and podiatric problems.
Held in November in recognition of National Diabetes Week, the program drew
over 1,000 New Yorkers. In addition to the free screenings, participants
received information about diabetes and its implications for oral health,
vision, and podiatric health. And NYUCD volunteers had the gratification
of contributing their time and talents to a cause larger than any single
In December, NYUCD faculty, students, and staff helped to capture the
holiday promise and deliver it to New York's youngsters by participating
in a holiday toy drive, sponsored by the NYU Administrative Management
Council and New York City's 9th Precinct police station. In
addition to contributing and distributing toys, volunteers screened 300
kids on the new NYUCD dental van. Dean Alfano said he could think of no
better way for NYUCD to celebrate the season.