Dr. Brian Homann, DDS Receives Award For Providing Dental Care To Chicago’s Homeless
Elk Grove Village dentist Dr. Brian Homann, DDS was recently honored by the UIC College of Dentistry as the first recipient of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award.
Elk Grove Village, Illinois (PRUnderground) August 3rd, 2015
Dr. Brian Homann, DDS was recently honored as the first recipient of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award for his humanitarianism, leadership, and educational contributions in providing free dental care to Chicago’s homeless community. The award was presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry for his volunteer work at Goldie’s Place, a support center that assists homeless adults by providing the life skills and education needed to obtain employment and become self-sufficient.
Goldie’s Place partnered with the UIC College of Dentistry to create the nation’s first completely student-run dental clinic. While in dental school, Dr. Homann was a member of the first volunteer team at Goldie’s Place. After his graduation, he became an adjunct faculty member at the College of Dentistry, allowing him to mentor groups of first to fourth year dental students. This partnership helps students gain valuable experience that they would not normally receive until after graduation.
Dr. Homann’s efforts have helped to expand the clinic, including the addition of the Goldie’s Place Denture Program. This program provides free dentures to those who are missing teeth. Beautiful new smiles are a great confidence booster to homeless men and women as they return to the workforce and strive towards self-sufficiency.
The award also recognized Homann for his work in helping create a “How-To” manual that guides other dental schools through the process of establishing free dental clinics. This manual has already been used by Indiana University and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Homann hopes that the manual can continue to inspire the growth of similar programs throughout the country.
About Brian Homann, D.D.S.
Dr. Homann graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in physics and continued his education in dentistry, graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Homann opened a dental office in Elk Grove Village. His dental practice offers family and cosmetic dentistry to Chicago area residents.
The Chicago Dental Society recognized Dr. Homann’s volunteer work as a dentist for Chicago’s underserved population by presenting him with the 2014 Vision Award. His professional memberships include the American Dental Association, the Illinois Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon – National Dental Honors Society.