Winner of the UBC Alumni Your Evolution Competition

Help! Teeth Hurt won the 2015 UBC Your Evolution competition.

 Part of UBC’s start an evolution fundraising and alumni engagement campaign, your evolution, is a unique project-sharing platform that supports the many ways the 300,000-strong global alumni community is changing the world for the better. The your evolution website allows the UBC community to share details of socially beneficial projects and connect with fellow alumni, students, staff, faculty, volunteers and donors to find supporters and inspire others to make a difference.

The website offers many ways for Help! Teeth Hurt to gain exposure.  As winner of the 2015 competition, Help! Teeth Hurt won a professionally produced video to help promote the cause, as well as mentoring sessions with UBC experts.  We are pleased to feature the Help! Teeth Hurt video on our website.

We hope to use the your evolution platform to seek out volunteers with specific skill sets, as well as financial and non-financial support, such as equipment and meeting space. If you want to support the Help! Teeth Hurt campaign, please visit our project at  or contact us via our website at

Help! Teeth Hurt!! Creating a Specialized Dental Clinic for Adults with Developmental Disabilities was the winner of the 2015 UBC Alumni your evolution competition. 

Help! Teeth Hurt Project Information

journal article


Essentials (Magazine of the Canadian Dental Association) p. 26-32.

Includes an interview with Joan Rush, Director of Help! Teeth Hurt.

Treating Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Legal report

Read the Legal Report: Government’s Obligation to Provide Timely Access
to Dental Treatment to B.C. Adults Who Have
Developmental Disabilities

NEWS articles

Help! Teeth Hurt (your evolution Competition Winner)
Trek Magazine

Disabled shortchanged on dental care
By Joan Rush, Special to the Vancouver Sun

Specialized dental care for adults with developmental disabilities proposed in B.C.
By Melissa Dunne, Yahoo News

It’s time to include dental health in the healthcare system 
By Paul Allison, Evidence Network

'I Never Realized What a Cliff Everybody Falls Off Once They Hit the Adult World'
By Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail

Temporary closure of clinic hurts special needs dental patients; advocate says.           CBC News article on May 2016 closure of VGH Dental Clinic 

Advocates Call for Specialized Dental Centre for Disabled Adults 
Global TV News Article, Catherine Urquhart, Editor

Documentary: Lack of Access to Dental Treatment for Adults with Disabilities  (Video narrated in Chinese; All interviews in English)  Fairchild TV






2014 health and wellness conference poster