Dr. Stephen Shroeder, Chair of the School of Dentistry Alumni Advisory Board, has been instrumental in establishing a special fund to help support the Creighton University Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) program in the Dominican Republic.
The ILAC program has been an integral part of the health professions schools at Creighton for more than 30 years. The humanitarian and clinical skills that this program instills in Creighton dental students is invaluable. The dental component of ILAC lasts approximately six weeks and services five to six villages, or campos, annually.
The extreme dental needs are seen most graphically in the children. Many have extensively decayed six-year molars before their 10th birthday. The pain and long-term health consequences these children must endure is truly distressing.
“The effectiveness of flouride in American society has been nearly miraculous,” Dr. Schroeder said. “This tool should now be implemented regularly through the ILAC program. Recent developments with fluoride varnishes have eliminated some of the logistical and clinical problems encountered in the DR. Each ILAC campo has a trained cooperador or health promoter. They could be instructed in the easy biannual application of the fluoride varnish.”
Dr. Schroeder’s interest in improving preventive care in the DR has led to developing gift funds to support this activity.
Interested alumni who wish to help fund this effort can contact Dr. Terry Wilwerding (TERRYWILWERDING@creighton.edu, 402.280.5081) or Dr. Jim O’Meara (JamesOmeara@creighton.edu, 402.280.3420) for more information. Checks made out to the “ILAC Fluoride Fund” can be sent to Creighton University School of Dentistry, c/o Kristi Freese, Senior Director of Operations and Finance.