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UB Dental Program aims to Increase the Number of Native American Dentists

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Not many Native American Students study dentistry. And it is becoming a growing concern. This year 10,500 students applied to attend dental school in the United States. And only 16 of those were Native Americans according to the American Dental Education Association.

An initiative to increase the number of students studying dentistry called the NAPD Student Gateway Program was started by two institutions. And the Native American Pre Dental Student Gateway is taken by the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and Seneca Nation Health System. It aims to reduce the disparity by introducing the Native American students to Dentistry.

Joseph Salamon is the DDS, program director, dental services director for Seneca Nation Health Services and also the clinical instructor in the UB school of Dental Medicine. And he said – “Simply, put there are not enough Native American students pursuing a career in dentistry.”

He also added- “The program seeks to encourage and enhance Native American application to dental school through exposure to various aspects of professional dental education with the goal of diversifying the pre dental application pool and extending educational opportunity to the historically underrepresented Native American Community.”

According to Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, such programs help in lifting the number of native dentists. This program gives many students a week long internship, where they practice various disciplines and specialities within the dental profession. This program is in second year now. And this year it took place from June 24 to June 28. Many Students took crash courses in dentistry and learnt clinical techniques.

Not just that, they also participated in oral surgery boot camp and toured local health care product manufacturers. And the interested students also received guidance from current dental students.

The program was effective this year because it attracted Native American students. And it drew 5 students from Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

“This Program is a unique dental school pipeline in the United States. Reaching out to Native American communities not only enhances the diversity of our student body, but also expands the number of caregivers sensitive to the unique oral health issues amongst this community.”- . And it is what Stephen Abel, DDS, associate dean for student, community and professional initiatives in the UB School of Dental Medicine said.

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Bringing clean water – Christopher Kenny’s Preservation Earth Project

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Science plainly shows that a human can survive three weeks without food, yet most individuals cannot survive three to four days without water! Dehydration sets in, and the person will go into shock and become vegetative even if they continue to breathe. In other words, water is an essential requirement. A living thing cannot thrive without it. Nonetheless, it is a horrifying truth that billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. 

In developed countries, when everything from technology to luxury is available, receiving clean water at home is as ‘natural’ as breathing fresh air. Most individuals in advanced nations may not pay much attention to it, but this is not the case for the rest of the globe. Many countries continue to lack access to clean water sources or water appropriate for human use. Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene at home should not be limited to the wealthy or those who live in cities. These are some of the most fundamental human health requirements, and all countries must ensure everyone has access to them.

The Preservation Earth Project (PEP) made its way to Tsaile, New Mexico. Over time, uranium mining, fracking, and pesticide abuse damaged the water supply, resulting in a high occurrence of numerous illnesses. Approximately 35% of the Navajo people do not have access to flowing water, and some must go to a remote location to fill barrels with water from a polluted local spring. 

There is no doubt that climate change is boosting storm strength. Recent natural catastrophes have heightened the need for groups to step up and give support, answers, and relief to individuals affected by such natural disasters. The Preservation Earth Project is a non-profit organization that provides support, education, and solutions to help society transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

A look back at Christoper Kenny’s life

Chris Kenny was born in Summit, New Jersey, on May 4, 1961. He was one of twelve children. In 1980, he received a B.A. in economics and finance from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He also attended New York University, earning a commercial real estate management degree from the Schack Institute. Since 2018, he has served as the head of Strategy and E-trading at Hartfield, Titus, and Donnelly. Kenny started his career in the U.S. In 1985. He worked as a Treasury Bond Broker. He formerly worked at Bonds.com as the director of fixed income sales and technological development. His academic background is in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent demand as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity.

He used solar power on mobile platforms as a backup power source for emergencies, water purification, and water pumping.

His academic credentials are in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent need as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. He has over 38 years of experience in finance as a salesperson, broker, trader, and investor.

Making clean water available to everyone

In 2012, Kenny founded The Preservation Earth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides assistance, education, and alternative energy solutions to help society shift to renewable energy. It was involved and aided Haiti several times after the 2010 earthquake, providing portable solar electricity for water purification and medical facilities. In 2020, the business devised a solution for the Navajos’ contaminated water source. They collaborated with engineers and local officials to build, produce, and install a solar-powered water filtration system for the Navajo people of Tsaile, New Mexico. Other activities have included providing portable solar power to the “Cajun Navy” for rescue and clean-up in areas devastated by the 2015-2021 hurricane season in Louisiana. 

The project designed, delivered, and installed a solar-powered filtration system that will provide clean drinking water to the local Navajo community 365 days a year for many years to come. Several more initiatives are in the works to provide safe drinking water to Native American communities on the Navajo Reservation.

President’s letters of gratitude

President Jimmy Carter sent Chris two heartfelt letters encouraging him to continue his charitable work. He suggested calling Habitat for Humanity and asking if they were interested in collaborating on a few projects. He and Kenny both helped out at the charity. 

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