Florida Dental Convention

FDC2021 Session Directory

Dental Volunteering: How You Can Get Involved

Course Code: C59
Speaker: Ms. Leslie Fehl, CDA, EFDA
Co-Speaker(s): Mrs. R. Jai Gillum, MPH
CE Hours: 2.00
Start: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 2:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 4:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Administrative Staff, Laboratory Technician, Dental Student, Guest


Our first speaker today, Ms. Leslie Fehl (LEHS-LEE FEHL), is a Professor at Daytona State College, where she has managed the Dental Assisting Program since 2011. With each cohort, she brings volunteering in the community (the Florida Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile, Dental busses, etc.) for her students to embrace and participate. Every year since the FDA has sponsored the Florida Mission of Mercy event, she and her students have participated. After the events, graduates reflect on the experience and hopefully further develop the desire and need to volunteer. Participation will hopefully transition some students to a lifetime of volunteerism and community involvement. Our second speaker today, Ms. R. Jai Gillum (R JAY GIL-LUHM), currently serves as the Director of the Florida Dental Association Foundation. She has always been interested in dental health, and developed a passion for oral health care issues when she was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program in 2004. Assigned to work in the Office of the Secretary at the Florida Department of Health, she served on the State Oral Health Improvement Plan for Disadvantaged Persons Workgroup and helped to develop strategies for the achievement of statewide comprehensive oral care. The FDA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Florida’s statewide professional dental association, and Ms. Gillum is responsible for management its charitable programs, which include Project: Dentists Care and the Florida Mission of Mercy – an annual large-scale, two-day, dental clinic that provides free care to patients, which is completely staffed by volunteers. Ms. Gillum has been involved with the implementation and management of many volunteer programs, including financial stability programs, community mental health initiatives, and a school-based sealant program in her previous role as Director of Income & Health Strategies at the United Way of the Big Bend. Please help me welcome, Ms. Leslie Fehl and Ms. R. Jai Gillum.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to: 

  • examine whether volunteering is a costly sacrifice or self-commodity. 

  • identify populations in need or at risk in their community.  

  • identify community outreach programs in attendees’ local areas.  

  • discover how volunteerism serves the volunteer and dental practice.  

  • establish a volunteer network.   

Partial Sponsor(s):

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Speaker: Ms. Leslie Fehl, CDA, EFDA

About the speaker: Bachelor's degree, University of Central Florida; certified dental assistant; expanded functions dental assistant; assistant chair, Daytona State College School of Dental Sciences.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

Co-Speaker: Mrs. R. Jai Gillum, MPH, Florida Dental Association

About the speaker: Bachelor's degree in biology, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU); master's degree in health policy and management, FAMU; director of foundation affairs, Florida Dental Association.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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