Peralta Acknowledges Drug Education Program
State Senator Jose Peralta presented a New York state Senate Proclamation to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World Northeast Chapter and the Fialkoff Foundation for a Drug-Free World NYC Program on November 13 at the Fialkoff Dental Study Club. Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, Queens periodontist and dental implant specialist, founded the study club in the mid ‘90s and more recently, founded the Foundation for a Drug-Free World Queens Chapter (www.drugfreeworld.org) by running the community service program through his office and educational group. In the past two years, Fialkoff’s chapter presented more than 200 free drug education events to city schools, after-school programs and community centers. In 2006, Meghan Fialkoff, Community Affairs director at Fialkoff’s office, founded the Northeast Chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Together, they have presented more than 400 free drug education events, pledging more than 30,000 students to the Youth Drug-Free Pledge in the past seven years.
New York City rapper Teemonee (www.teemonee.com) is the official documenter of the nonprofit program and also wrote its theme song, “Purpose”. Teemonee premiered Purpose at the sixth annual Drug Free Heroes Awards Gala held in Manhattan in June. The song is intended for teenagers and to show them a different side of drug abuse. Peralta’s presentation acknowledged the foundation’s and Teemonee’s dedication and work, and the significance of professionals taking part in vital programs like these. Purpose can be heard at www.foundationforadrugfreeworldnewyorkchapter.org/themesong.html.
Peralta read the proclamation which states, “It is the belief of the legislative body that when organizations of such noble accomplishments are brought to our attention, it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend those organizations for the edification and emulation of others. I recognize that in the Foundation for a Drug Free World, we have an organization worthy of our highest respect and esteem.” The proclamation continues, “The Foundation for a Drug Free World, Northeast Chapter, under the stewardship of its Director, Meghan Fialkoff…and the Queens Chapter, under the leadership of its founder, Dr. Bernard Fialkoff and through the hard work of its lead presenter David Tidman, and Dr. Mercedes Mota-Martinez and Queens County Dental Society President Dr. Doron Kalman, has made more than 200 drug awareness presentations in just the last two years. These presentations provide a vital service by giving our young people the tools they need to live drug free and empowering them to make the right choices.”
Fialkoff said, “The success of any program begins with the individual. Any worthwhile activity begins with individuals then spreads to local groups, the city, the state and then nationally. Many professionals are speaking about how the negative environment is affecting our practices. This program helps children to stay off of street drugs and has gotten positive results. We are proud that Senator Peralta is acknowledging this program and taking a lead role in helping to change all of the downturn that has occurred in the last few years. As professionals, we can feel proud to live up to our purpose of helping our community and improving their lives. What better way is there to show this and to do this, than to help the very children who will in short order, be in charge of our area.”
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. No one, especially a young person, likes to be lectured about what he or she can or cannot do. The foundation provides the facts that empower youth to choose not to take drugs in the first place through free educational events and curriculum. Through a worldwide network of the foundation’s volunteers, 56 million educational handouts have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 120 countries and Truth About Drugs public service announcements have been aired on 275 television stations. These materials and activities have helped people around the world learn about the destructive side effects of drugs and thereby make the decision for themselves to not use them.
As president of the Spanish American Medical Dental Society, Mota-Martinez has supported the foundation’s work, and encouraged their doctor and dentist members to take part in providing free presentations to their communities and schools. Peralta spoke about the important work of the foundation at the society’s Doctors Day Celebration in April, which resulted in doctors and dentists signing up to volunteer for the program.
Kalman has trained and sent his office staff to deliver drug education and awareness presentations to Queens locations, supporting the foundation’s work through his role as medical professional and president of the Queens County Dental Society.
The study club was founded in the mid- ’90s and has an audience of 50-100 dentists each month. It focuses on raising dental excellence, standards and camaraderie in the boroughs. Fialkoff has had a periodontal, dental implant and cosmetic laser surgery office for more than 31 years on 56-03 214th St. in Bayside. The office Web site and blog, which shows study club photos and bulletins, and other community activities of the office, is www.baysidedentist.com. Fialkoff also has a Web page devoted to the drug education program at: www.baysidedentist.com/ouroffice/ community-drug-education-program/
For more information and to book an event in honor of this proclamation, e-mail BernardFialkoffDDS@gmail.com.