Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom
Growing up, I spent most summers with my grandparents on the east side of Fort Worth, Texas, which meant playing in the sprinklers, trips to the military commissary and, of course, plenty of junk food. On Mondays, my cousins and I would get dropped off at PopPop and Granny’s, and we’d stay until Friday evening, which was when they hosted some of their closest friends for game night. When my mother worked late, I would stay a while longer, visiting with each sophisticated, silver-haired guest as they walked through the front door. One woman in particular, Ms. Opal Lee, was my favorite. Ms. Lee always walked into the house on a mission (usually more pressing than winning another round of cards). In June, her mission was to educate us all about the significance of Juneteenth.
It was June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger, a Union general during the American Civil War, issued General Orders, No. 3, informing Texans that “in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, ‘all slaves are free.’” This order became the basis for the holiday.
On Juneteenth, also referred to as Emancipation Day, many African Americans celebrate their “independence day,” recognizing when Texas slaves were informed they were free. The Emancipation Proclamation took effect two years prior on Jan. 1, 1863, but in many states — primarily border states and those not liberated by Union troops — slaves were still not freed. Granger’s order, along with the ratification of the 13th Amendment later in 1865, reflected a turning point in the lives of black Americans nationwide.
In the first celebrations of the holiday, African Americans saw it as an opportunity to reunite lost families and galvanize racial equality. Black people from all over the state of Texas gathered in their finest clothes to observe Juneteenth through readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, religious sermons, preparation of specialty dishes, as well as playing games. Eventually, when the festivities of Juneteenth began to cross states, participants were forbidden from the usage of public space for the gatherings, in acts of discrimination. So instead, they gathered near lakes and rivers until they accrued enough capital to pay for their own places to celebrate, one example being Emancipation Park in Houston.
In my hometown, Ms. Lee’s commitment to educating and elevating black culture goes back generations. She would canvass the neighborhood informing families about the importance of celebrating Juneteenth. Her passion for this inspired her at 90 years old to start her “Walk to D.C.” campaign, where she journeyed from Fort Worth to Washington, D.C., to advocate for making Juneteenth a national holiday. Years have passed since that momentous occasion, and still, Ms. Lee educates communities about the holiday. She is driven by the desire to pass the torch to the next generation and provoke young people to take action.
Juneteenth became a Texas state holiday Jan. 1, 1980. Today, 45 states have laws or resolutions that celebrate it. People like Ms. Lee have made these celebrations possible, and it is up to all of us to continue the movement of equality, acceptance and freedom. We must embrace the diversity around us and respect our differences by celebrating our humanity.
~Alexandria Evans, Texas A&M ’22
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June 19, 2019 at 11:26PM
Welcome, Class of 2019
The American Dental Association and our 163,000 members are proud to welcome the class of 2019 to the profession. We’re here to help you take the next step in your career journey with resources, tips and tools specifically for recent graduates.
Update your ADA Find-a-Dentist profile so potential new patients can find you wherever you land. Digitize your records for credentialing and learn about your student loan refinancing options to get a step up on paying off your debt. Get one-on-one support for your dental benefits issues through the ADA Third Party Payer Concierge.
And let us know your future plans by updating your profile at ADA.org/MyADA. It’s your path. We’re here for your journey.
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June 19, 2019 at 12:46AM
Practice perspectives with Dr. Jordan Bower
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June 18, 2019 at 04:46AM
Even Office Staff Need TLD (Tender-Loving-Dentistry)
Yesterday, when I arrived at the office, my office manager told me that she felt tooth #7 “crack” and now it’s loose. At the end of the day, I took a look. I was able to remove the crown / … Continue reading → Via Dental Tips http://www.rssmix.com/
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June 15, 2019 at 06:13AM
Mastering meal prepping
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June 13, 2019 at 02:55AM
Darby Dental Supply Announces Partnership with CareStack Further Expanding Suite of Technology Solutions
Darby Dental Supply Announces Partnership with CareStack®, Further Expanding Suite of Technology Solutions
JERICHO, NY, June 5, 2019 — Darby Dental Supply, one of the nation’s largest dental distributors, announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with CareStack, an innovative technology company that has developed a revolutionary cloud-based software solution for dental practice management. CareStack’s groundbreaking software is the first of its kind, combining patient engagement, business analytics, integrated phone, revenue cycle management, charting, claims and scheduling onto a single platform while eliminating the need for practices to seek out multiple providers and navigate complicated, costly integrations. CareStack’s single-software solution provides a significant cost-savings over the patchwork of options most dentists are currently using.
This partnership further advances Darby’s position as a comprehensive solutions provider by adding another valuable resource to its growing range of services and fueling Darby’s commitment to helping its customers operate efficiently and profitably. CareStack’s all-in-one, cloud-based platform helps dental practices of all sizes better manage their clinical, financial and administrative workflows.
“As technology continues to transform the dental industry, the choice to partner with CareStack was a natural one. Darby aims to provide our customers with the most advanced and user-friendly solutions available,” said Michael Caputo, President of Darby Dental Supply. “To effectively manage their businesses, dental practices traditionally had to cobble together multiple software solutions, each requiring costly licenses, integration, support and updates. CareStack allows practitioners to leverage a single solution to increase practice productivity, optimize patient care, and communicate with their patients.”
“With CareStack, dental practices get a modern all-in-one solution on the cloud with advanced capabilities for centralization, automation, and analytics that provide more opportunities to maximize insurance reimbursement and enhance patient experience,” said Abhi Krishna, Co-Founder and CEO of CareStack. “Both Darby and CareStack share a deep, customer-centric culture and an undying commitment to elevate dental practices to the next level of financial success. Together we look to redefine dental practice management through our combined technology-led offerings.”
The collaboration with CareStack complements Darby’s growth strategy to expand its ecosystem of full-service solutions and cutting-edge technology. As customers seek out more convenient ordering channels and faster response times, Darby has invested in technological solutions to allow customers to personalize the way they do business. The company recently launched a new user-optimized website and mobile app, complete with an inventory management system.
In addition to physical products, Darby provides innovative and forward-thinking solutions such as a technology services division, capital equipment division, surgical division, equipment repair services and a full line of private label products. For more information, please visit www.darby.com.
About CareStack CareStack’s mission is to give dental healthcare practitioners greater understanding and control over their fiscal health using cloud-based technology. CareStack is a unique enterprise practice management solution designed for dental practices, allowing them to run more efficient operations and deliver better patient dental care. To learn more, please visit www.carestack.com
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June 12, 2019 at 08:55AM
Celebrating Ramadan during finals week
Ramadan is a time of year that most Muslims look forward to. It is a time to feel closer to God, become more charitable, identify with those who are less fortunate, embrace a sense of community and, of course, eat a large breaking-of-the-fast feast with friends and family. As much as I get excited for Ramadan every year, I couldn’t help but feel worried about it this year. This was the first Ramadan I had to fast in the midst of finals. While fasting during ordinary exams is tough, fasting during dental school exams is even worse because of their difficulty.
Like most college and graduate students, I am caffeine-dependent. Not having coffee in my daily routine definitely made studying a little more difficult. In lieu of sipping on hot espresso while furiously flipping through notes, I powered through studying with nothing but prayers for strength and power naps. I always read about the benefits of a 20–30 minute nap to gain energy, but I didn’t realize how effective it was until these past few weeks.
After arriving home from a long day of classes and lab, I would take a brief nap and then study for about two hours. My family would have Iftar, the meal that breaks the fast during Ramadan, around 8 p.m., after which I would study until 11 p.m. and go to bed. Suhoor, the meal that starts the fast, began at 4 a.m., so I would wake up, eat suhoor, pray and then take an hour-long nap, waking up to continue studying. While I wasn’t 100% myself with this method, I found it effective enough to get my studying done and continue fasting.
During Ramadan, I appreciate the luxury of having food, water and coffee on a daily basis because not all of us do. I realized that so many people in this world labor much harder than I do, and they’re not even guaranteed a meal at the end of the day. I may be eating for short periods of time, but it’s only for a month. When food and water are taken out of the equation, we are better able to reflect on ourselves, on our spirituality and our thoughts, and we become grateful for everything that we’ve been given. Fasting while taking finals was no easy feat, but I got through it. I would be prepared to do it all over again next year.
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June 11, 2019 at 10:55AM
FDA-Approved Goccles Early Oral Cancer Screening Device by Pierrel Pharma S.r.l. Winner of 2019 Edison Best New Product Silver Award
FDA-Approved Goccles® Early Oral Cancer Screening Device by Pierrel Pharma S.r.l. Winner of 2019 Edison Best New Product Silver Award™
Capua, Italy, April 9, 2019 – Pierrel Pharma S.r.l. received recognition from the Edison Awards™, a prestigious organization known for acknowledging innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy, for its advanced, early oral cancer screening device: Goccles®. The FDA-approved medical device is used in combination with traditional examination to help identify early signs of oral cancer. The eyewear utilizes a patented optical filter with a standard curing light, exposing the fluorescence of healthy mucosa and potentially suspicious pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions. With Goccles, there is no need to purchase additional consumables for use and its price point is relatively low in comparison to similar devices. Goccles is supported by clinical studies and has received an excellent clinical evaluation from Dental Advisor.
Pierrel Pharma’s chief executive officer, Fabio Velotti (Capua, Italy) attributes the Best New Product Silver Award™ win to the company’s dedication to research and development, as well as its overall mission to create better dental healthcare experiences for professionals and patients. He said, “I am so proud of Goccles and how it is transforming the oral cancer screening process on the dental side. As time passes, I believe we will see a major shift in dental professionals’ attitudes towards their role in early detection of oral cancer.” He continued, “Pierrel Pharma is known for developing Orabloc®, a leading anesthetic product for dental procedures, which since marketed is now used by 1 out of every 4 US dentists. I look forward to the day Goccles becomes a ‘household name’ in its own right among dental professionals.” Goccles was launched in the US in 2018, and is available through all major distributors, including Patterson Dental, Henry Schein, Benco Dental, and Darby Dental.
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June 07, 2019 at 06:25AM
Combining dentistry and the arts: My journey to dental school
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June 06, 2019 at 02:25AM
Diversity and the dental school experience
On May 21, ASDA celebrated the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development for the third consecutive year. According to the UN, “The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity … [it] is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life.”
ASDA chooses to honor this holiday because we believe that diversity plays a crucial role in our experience as dental students and future practitioners. According to the E-4 Sensitivity to Diversity Policy, ASDA defines diversity as “differences among individual characteristics, professional choices or demographics including, but not limited to: race, religion, ethnic background, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression.”
Each group faces unique challenges we cannot always fully comprehend. However, our hope is that spreading awareness about diversity will shape us into a generation of increasingly compassionate health care providers.
This year, nearly every ASDA district participated in our Instagram-based diversity initiative. We asked ASDA members to explain how they incorporate diversity into their dental school experience and what diversity means to them. Each repost on ASDA’s national Instagram was seen by an average of 600 people. Check out ASDA’s Instagram to watch the Diversity Day highlight. Thanks to everyone who shared their meaning of inclusivity with our dental community.
Continue to think about some ways your school celebrates your colleagues, staff and patients. Here at Roseman ASDA, we’ve established a cultural chair position, tasked with organizing initiatives that highlight diversity in our student body and faculty members. Some of these events include:
We hope that this year’s World Day for Cultural Diversity initiative sparked conversations and creative ways for you to incorporate diversity into your dental student experience. After all, it is these interactions that teach us how to celebrate our differences and appreciate what makes us all human.
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June 04, 2019 at 12:46AM