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Aug122013

« MAKE A DIFFERENCE — VOLUNTEER IN YOUR COMMUNITY! »

Every day in Washington State people live with dental pain because they lack the resources to see a dentist. Although adult dental Medicaid will be restored in the coming months, it won't cover all the need throughout Washington  — we need your help to increase the dental safety net. While nearly all dentists give back to their communities, the need is still great, and many organizations have clinics or hold events where volunteers are needed. We've gathered up information about some of the events and organizations across the state where you (and often, your staff) can volunteer to help those without dental health care resources.

WOHF is committed to reducing dental disease in low-income families by empowering children to assume more personal responsibility for their own oral health, helping families understand the impact dental disease has on the entire body, and teaching them how dental disease can be prevented. As part of the health care intitiative, WOHF sponsors a dental operatory at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club in Seattle, Wash., and we need dentists on Friday and Saturday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., for a minimum of four hours. To volunteer, please contact Ruth at (206) 973-5229 or email wohf@wsda.org.

Sixth Annual Free Veteran Dental Care Event, Dr. Theresa Cheng
In 2007, when Dr. Theresa Cheng read the story about Army Specialist Rory Dunn, she decided  to give back to the Veterans  “I was really moved by the article," she says,  "I couldn’t believe what the Veterans and their families had to go through." Her solution? She began to host a day of free dental care for area vets. This year's event is Saturday, November 9, but Cheng says there are many ways to help — and she's looking for volunteers. "I'm happy to be the lead contact for Veterans and their families needing care. They can come to me and we’ll clean, screen, and set up a treatment plan. Then, I'll pass some along to other dentists in the community-at-large willing to complete their care. That way, it’s easier for the Veterans to get to their appointments, and doctors can see the Veterans in the comfort of their own office.” If you would like to help, please contact Dr. Cheng at (425) 392-8992 or email her at drcheng@issaquahperio.com.

Day of Hope · October 19, Poulsbo, Wash.
This annual event reaches hundred of families in the South Sound area every year, providing myriad services in addition to dentistry. The organization still needs dentists assistants and hygienists. Additionally, they need donations of supplies, including non-latex exam gloves and sterilization supplies (wipes and gloves). If you would like to volunteer or donate supplies, please contact Dr. Jennifer Thornton at ingaroo@rocketmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for a Veterans Dental Care Day – Patriots’ Day
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, there will be King County Stand Down and Veteran Families Resource Fair at the Seattle Central Community College. This event will attract about 400 veterans and their families seeking resources and medical/dental care.  Between 9 am and 2 pm, there will be a Medical Teams International dental van on-site.  Seattle-King County Dental Society is recruiting dentists to work in the van providing dental treatment, and outside of the van triaging and/or assessing dental needs. Dentist volunteers are welcome to bring their dental assistants or hygienists to participate in this event as well. All dental professionals will need to be credentialed by Medical Teams International (a very quick, easy process), so if you are interested, please contact Cathleen Brueske, Mobile Dental Clinic Coordinator for MTI at cbrueske@medicalteamsinternational.org or call the SKCDS office.
The Swedish Community Specialty Clinic is looking for volunteers who are comfortable with a wide array of dentoalveolar surgery. For detailed information, click here and contact Dr. Noah Letwin, Dental Director of the SCSC at (206) 860-6656 or email at noah.letwin@swedish.org
Medical Teams International is an international relief and development organization. In the Pacific Northwest, MTI's  Mobile Dental Program offers free/low-cost dental care to low-income individuals who have no other access to care.  Each of their eleven mobile units consists of two-chair operatories — with x-ray, current up-to-date equipment and instruments for all basic dental procedures. MTI's ability to offer care is based solely upon the willingness of dental professionals to volunteer. Dental volunteers are urgently needed to help with 6-hour dental clinics on the mobile van. A dentist's volunteer participation fulfills up to seven (7) annual hours of continuing education credit under WAC 246-817-440 – one credit for each hour volunteered.

Clinic hours are typically 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. A volunteer can specify time, date, location and population served. When information is received from a volunteer, they're contacted by phone to get an idea of their availability, procedure ability, and preference of population served (i.e. children, seniors etc.). Since there are several vans available on any one day in several locations, there are usually some options to pick when volunteering. For additional information and a volunteer application, if you and/or your staff are interested in helping with a clinic in the Puget Sound area, please contact Nancy Utt, Mobile Dental Program Manager for Medical Teams International at (425) 284-1936 or email: nancyutt@medicalteams.org.
In 1971, the AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by the U.S. Congress to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. AHEC programs across the country play a key role in strengthening the nation’s health care safety net. WWAHEC helps place volunteer or retired professionals throughout western Washington, including physicians and physician assistants, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals.

Retired WSDA members and affiliate hygiene members who participate in the state’s Volunteer/Retired Provider Program will receive a complimentary full conference badge to the next PNDC. Please submit a WWAHEC certificate, stating your enrollment with your PNDC registration form. You may obtain this certificate by contacting WWAHEC at (206) 441-7137, or by emailing kelly@wwahec.org.

Puget Sound Christian Clinic
Puget Sound Christian Clinic (PSCC) is a free clinic in Seattle which provides health care to low-income uninsured people in King and Snohomish Counties. Since 2003, our dedicated network of volunteers, donors and community partners have reached out to give quality, compassionate care to those in need. To volunteer, contact PSCC at (206) 363-4105 or email the organization at info@pschristianclinic.org.

 

Spokane IDEA Clinic 
The IDEA Clinic provides comprehensive dental care for the underserved patients in the greater Spokane area, offering a sliding fee scale to those who cannot afford access to existing dental care, and serving as a place for volunteer dentists to donate their time and talents to improve the health, welfare, and lives of its patients. To volunteer your time contact Wendy Johnson, Executive Director of the Spokane District Dental Society at (509) 838-0436 or email Wendy at wendy@spokanedentalsociety.org.

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