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Jan202011

« The Washington Oral Health Foundation: “We are everywhere” »

Across the state, the influence of the Washington Oral Health Foundation continues to grow. 
“The ability to leverage current efforts with other organizations’ programs has been a focus for the past several years, and it’s beginning to pay dividends,” says WOHF President Dr. Michael Aslin. “Public recognition in the communities where WOHF is active is growing, but the foundation still needs your help to increase their effectiveness across the state. This year, they’re looking forward to stabilizing their revenue flow to keep up with the demands of those utilizing our many programs.” 
The Foundation’s Annual Campaign goal for the new fiscal year is $245,850 — which includes the Phone-A-Thon and the Wall of Wine at the PNDC. New this year: The WOHF Golf Tournament.
Dr. Dexter Barnes, former WOHF President, echoes Dr. Aslin, saying, “WOHF is our foundation. I got involved with it because it’s doing great things in the community — especially for the kids. Get involved today — volunteer at the Boys and Girls club clinic, help with school presentations, or become a valued silent partner by writing a check for your support.”
Here’s a snapshot of the Foundation’s current activity across the state: 
UW Initiative:
When WOHF needed volunteers to help run its Boys and Girls Club Dental Clinic, it turned to a local resource: students form the The University of Washington School of Dentistry. With a broad range of responsibilities at the clinic, all students can be involved — first and second year students provide with educational programming and intake, and third and fourth year students can work in the operatory under direct supervision of Dr. Beatrice Gandara. Of the program, fourth year student Whitney Bator says, “Working with the youth at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club has been a particularly rewarding experience for me. In addition to getting exposure to an underserved population in an educational and clinical capacity, we get to encourage them, provide them with the support necessary to make positive decisions regarding their oral and overall health.” For Daniel Seetin, another fourth year dental student, volunteering is an opportunity to give back to the community, something he knows he will do throughout his career, saying “If all of us can dedicate a little of our time to benefit others, everyone benefits.”
Adopt-A-School
With 490 schools “adopted” across the state and growing nearly every month, this program continues to be one of the Foundation’s strongest. More than 195 WSDA member dentists participate in this program designed to provide emergent care to students without insurance. By working closely with school nurses and administrators in every district of the state, participating dentists are able to identify and treat children who might otherwise live in pain.  To become involved in your community, please contact Ruth Abate at 800-448-3368. 
School Presentations:
Nearly 20,000 students a year benefit from presentations offered by WOHF staff, volunteers, and those done by educators from materials mined from the WOHF site. Presentations cover all aspects of preventive care and include diet, tobacco and drug education. 
New/In the Works:
Prenatal · Mothers and Babies
WOHF Board member Dr. Keith McDonald and former board member Dr. Lisa Block are working on a new initiative to provide oral health information through hospitals, clinics and participating OB/Gyn offices. Corporations with product lines for mothers and their newborns will be offered a sponsorship opportunity that includes being identified as a Partner in Prevention, product, coupon and information handout placement in an oral hygiene kit given to mothers as they leave hospitals and clinics.
YWCA homeless Woman’s Day 
Center and Family Centers
WOHF has been asked by the Seattle YWCA to train their staff on dental disease prevention and to work closely with the homeless women being served in the program there. UWSoD students will be tapped to perform screenings to determine emergent needs and facilitate treatment with volunteer dentists working with the Foundation.
YouthCare
WOHF is in early planning and assessing to determine ways to help this innovative organization. YouthCare provides daytime services to homeless teens and young adults many of whom have suffered at the hands of their parents and caregivers. WOHF hopes to liaise between YouthCare, volunteer dentists and Medical Teams INternational vans to provide screenings and treatment.
WOHF Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Club Dental Clinic
With a component Cup, Longest Drive award, Closest to the Pin Award, $10,000 Hole-In-One prize, swag bags and more, the Foundation’s first foray into golf on June 18, 2011 should be a blast.
Dr. Jim Ribary has agreed to chair the Golf Tournament Committee, and is joined by WSDA Executive Director Steve Hardymon, Drs. Walker, Petersen, Walsh and Barnes, and Jim Jensen. Together, they will focus on challenging foursomes from components across the state to participate in this fun tournament, generously donated by Dr. Ross Fraker and Mr. Jim Jensen. For details and to register your foursome, please call Ruth at 800-448-3368.

The Washington Oral Health Foundation: “We are everywhere”
Across the state, the influence of the Washington Oral Health Foundation continues to grow.  “The ability to leverage current efforts with other organizations’ programs has been a focus for the past several years, and it’s beginning to pay dividends,” says WOHF President Dr. Michael Aslin. “Public recognition in the communities where WOHF is active is growing, but the foundation still needs your help to increase their effectiveness across the state. This year, they’re looking forward to stabilizing their revenue flow to keep up with the demands of those utilizing our many programs.”  The Foundation’s Annual Campaign goal for the new fiscal year is $245,850 — which includes the Phone-A-Thon and the Wall of Wine at the PNDC. New this year: The WOHF Golf Tournament. Dr. Dexter Barnes, former WOHF President, echoes Dr. Aslin, saying, “WOHF is our foundation. I got involved with it because it’s doing great things in the community — especially for the kids. Get involved today — volunteer at the Boys and Girls club clinic, help with school presentations, or become a valued silent partner by writing a check for your support.” Here’s a snapshot of the Foundation’s current activity across the state: 

UW Initiative: When WOHF needed volunteers to help run its Boys and Girls Club Dental Clinic, it turned to a local resource: students form the The University of Washington School of Dentistry. With a broad range of responsibilities at the clinic, all students can be involved — first and second year students provide with educational programming and intake, and third and fourth year students can work in the operatory under direct supervision of Dr. Beatrice Gandara. Of the program, fourth year student Whitney Bator says, “Working with the youth at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club has been a particularly rewarding experience for me. In addition to getting exposure to an underserved population in an educational and clinical capacity, we get to encourage them, provide them with the support necessary to make positive decisions regarding their oral and overall health.” For Daniel Seetin, another fourth year dental student, volunteering is an opportunity to give back to the community, something he knows he will do throughout his career, saying “If all of us can dedicate a little of our time to benefit others, everyone benefits.”
Adopt-A-School With 490 schools “adopted” across the state and growing nearly every month, this program continues to be one of the Foundation’s strongest. More than 195 WSDA member dentists participate in this program designed to provide emergent care to students without insurance. By working closely with school nurses and administrators in every district of the state, participating dentists are able to identify and treat children who might otherwise live in pain.  To become involved in your community, please contact Ruth Abate at 800-448-3368. 
School Presentations: Nearly 20,000 students a year benefit from presentations offered by WOHF staff, volunteers, and those done by educators from materials mined from the WOHF site. Presentations cover all aspects of preventive care and include diet, tobacco and drug education. 
New/In the Works:
Prenatal · Mothers and Babies WOHF Board member Dr. Keith McDonald and former board member Dr. Lisa Block are working on a new initiative to provide oral health information through hospitals, clinics and participating OB/Gyn offices. Corporations with product lines for mothers and their newborns will be offered a sponsorship opportunity that includes being identified as a Partner in Prevention, product, coupon and information handout placement in an oral hygiene kit given to mothers as they leave hospitals and clinics.
YWCA homeless Woman’s Day Center and Family Centers WOHF has been asked by the Seattle YWCA to train their staff on dental disease prevention and to work closely with the homeless women being served in the program there. UWSoD students will be tapped to perform screenings to determine emergent needs and facilitate treatment with volunteer dentists working with the Foundation.
YouthCare WOHF is in early planning and assessing to determine ways to help this innovative organization. YouthCare provides daytime services to homeless teens and young adults many of whom have suffered at the hands of their parents and caregivers. WOHF hopes to liaise between YouthCare, volunteer dentists and Medical Teams INternational vans to provide screenings and treatment.
WOHF Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Club Dental Clinic With a component Cup, Longest Drive award, Closest to the Pin Award, $10,000 Hole-In-One prize, swag bags and more, the Foundation’s first foray into golf on June 18, 2011 should be a blast. Dr. Jim Ribary has agreed to chair the Golf Tournament Committee, and is joined by WSDA Executive Director Steve Hardymon, Drs. Walker, Petersen, Walsh and Barnes, and Jim Jensen. Together, they will focus on challenging foursomes from components across the state to participate in this fun tournament, generously donated by Dr. Ross Fraker and Mr. Jim Jensen. For details and to register your foursome, please call Ruth at 800-448-3368.