The Washington Oral Health Foundation (WOHF) has supported school nurses for years through the Adopt-a-School program, which links dental offices with local schools to provide emergency care to students who lack access to care or a dental home. Last Friday, Tom Tidyman, WOHF's Director of Programming & Development, was on hand at the School Nurse Organization of Washington conference in Wenatchee to talk with more than 150 nurses face to face about the Foundation’s programs.
“It is great to hear from the nurses in person, and hear how the Adopt-a-School safety net program is working for them”, said Tidyman, “It is also a great opportunity to showcase our education programs, and talk about the specific needs of individual schools and districts." The Foundation expects to see an increase in oral health education presentations at schools this year as a result of attending events like this. “We just want to make sure the nurses and schools know we are out there as a resource, and have so many dentists willing to give back in their communities."
WOHF has linked more than 800 schools with local dental offices, and is continually streamlining the program to make it even more user-friendly for both dentists and nurses. If you would like to get involved with local schools in your area, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 973-5211.
The Foundation is actively seeking volunteers to work at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club any Friday or Saturday, for three hours or more. If you would like to help, please contact Ruth Abate, WOHF's Director of Operations and Community Outreach, at 206-448-1914, or by email at email@example.com.
Dentists are needed to help staff the MTI Van on October 25 in Seattle. If you are available that day and would like to help, please contact Ruth Abate at 206-448-1914, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindi Tigges, the Mobile Dental Clinic Program Coordinator with MTI at (425) 284-1956, or by email at email@example.com.