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Student Helps Raise Funds for San Jose Clinic

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 7:43am

Second-year dental student Khushbu Patel tells San Jose Clinic visitors about the dental services a donation could provide to needy patients.

UTSD dental student Khushbu Patel tells San Jose Clinic visitors about the dental services a donation could provide to needy patients.

The San Jose Clinic, which offers health services to Houston’s poor, raised more than $180,000 at its “Art with Heart” fundraiser in April, and University of Texas School of Dentistry student Khushbu Patel was there as a volunteer, telling visitors and donors about her experiences providing dental care to low-income patients at San Jose. 

UTSD has a long-standing partnership with the clinic, which relies heavily on volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, students and others to provide an array of primary and specialty care to patients. 

At the April 13 event, donated artwork was auctioned off to raise money for the clinic.  As a second-year dental student, Patel volunteered frequently at San Jose, including screening children who participated in UTSD’s “Give Kids a Smile Day” in February. The annual event provided free dental care to nearly 150 children from low-income families. 

At the fundraiser, Patel not only assisted with organizing but also made a presentation to guests, sharing her volunteer experiences at San Jose and discussing the importance of dental care for disadvantaged patients.

“It was great to meet many of the clinic’s board of directors who make my volunteering at San Jose possible through their constant efforts and generosity,” Patel said. 

UTSD Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, also attended the fundraiser.

“It gave me great pride to see Khushbu take part in this event,” Melchor said. “She helped informed the attendees of the need for dental care in our community and how important it is that their dollars go toward eliminating oral health disparities.”

San Jose Clinic is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.