Since its inception last
year, the Smiling Faces, Going Places dental facility on wheels has become
very popular with legislators. Among those who have welcomed the van to
their districts have been New York State Assemblymembers Barbara Clark and
William F. Boyland, New York State Senators Nellie Santiago and Ada L. Smith,
New York City Councilmember Priscilla Wooten, and U.S. Congressman Edolphus
Towns. Staunch advocates of NYUCD for many years, these legislators all
say that the Smiling Faces, Going Places van is filling a critical healthcare
need in their communities.
Nellie Santiago, center-right,
on a recent visit to the van.
For Senator Nellie Santiago, who represents the 17th District in Kings County,
the ties that bind her to NYUCD go back to her childhood, when she was a
pediatric patient at the NYU Dental Clinics. The experience was so positive
that she has returned often with her own children for their dental care.