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Pierre Fauchard Academy Humanitarian Projects
One of the most important functions of the PFA is service to our profession, our communities, and to society. It is one of our reasons for being; it is helping others, giving back or paying it forward. Many sections organize or participate in service projects, which encourages involvement, strengthens the academy, and enhances the value of Fellowship.
Objective #6 of our Academy says, “encourage improvement of the oral health of the public through prevention, therapy, and restoration.” Objective #7 states: “encourage fellowship among the membership and emphasize understanding of our professional responsibility to the public.”
By volunteering in our field, we combine our desire to Give Back with our Greatest Strength: Our Dental Skills. We invite all our Fellows to find a project to become involved with.
Many of these projects have received PFA Foundation Grants. One of the benefits for involved Sections is that they can apply for PFA Foundation grants for worthy service projects. Grants are awarded up to the following amounts: $5,000 for Pierre Fauchard Academy Section programs in which a significant number of Fellows participate; and $10,000 for service projects that provide increased access to dental care for the public in need. http://www.foundationpfa.org/grants.html
Here are some of the humanitarian projects PFA Fellows are involved in around the world:
MISSION of MERCY (MOM) Events
The following states have a significant number of PFA Fellows participating in Mission of Mercy (MOM) projects: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Pennsylvannia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Wisconsin.
"Give Kids a Smile" Day events: Georgia, Nevada
Donated Dental Services (DDS): Louisianna, Rhode Island, Wisconsin
Australian Dental Rescue Days
Colorado Section Dental Mission to Panama
Colorado Section Dental Mission to Guatamala
Donate a Smile - Dental Relief Project: Central Africa Republic
Southern California Section Smiles of Tecante, Mexico
Principle of Service
The Board of Trustees endorses the principle of service as one of the Academy's major functions.