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Rutgers dental school students help make a difference in Atlantic City

Monday, May 5th 2014

RSDM students recently helped Atlantic City's homeless and at-risk youth learn about smoking cessation, oral hygiene and dental professions in a program held at Covenant House.

The Rutgers dental school students were part of the Community Oriented Dental Education program (CODE), a national model for delivering care to the underserved while expanding the knowledge, skills and abilities of dental students.

The students, from RSDM's Northfield site, developed the program they presented to more than a dozen adolescents at Covenant House.

According to CODE Student Mal Azar, "The CODE program really taught us about giving back within the community. I found the experience at Covenant House to be very worthwhile and a huge success."

More than 7,500 New Jersey children experience homelessness each year, according to data collected by the McKinney-Vento Educational Programs. New Jersey ranks 18th in the nation for its number of homeless children.