Brittany Tran, UT School of Dentistry
Empowering Bhutanese and Burmese refugees in Houston, TX through oral health education and options to care.
Hi, my name is Brittany Tran and I am a first year dental student at University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. My project will address the dental health care needs of Burmese and Bhutanese refugees by educating them about oral health instruction, explaining to them their options for access to dental care, as well as motivating refugee adolescents to continue pursuit of higher education through testimonies from first generation Vietnamese refugees and their children who were able to achieve personal and professional success.
Having grown up as the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, I have heard first-hand about the struggles and obstacles that my parents went through in order to provide for my older brother and me. I know I would not be where I am today, if it were not for complete strangers who decided to take the time to invest in my parents when they first came to America. My community service project is one way I hope to show my appreciation to those unnamed people, who took the time to make a difference in the lives of my parents. They unknowingly changed the course of parents’ lives, which completely changed the trajectory of my life and the life of my brother. My hope is that by investing in the lives of the Burmese and Bhutanese refugee community in Houston, I could help introduce the idea of oral health and higher education. Despite my concern about undertaking the project, I am very excited about starting the fellowship and am looking forward to learning and serving with all of you.