Dr. Christopher Delecki, director of the Dental Program Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, recently accepted a position on the King County Board of Health (BOH) for a three-year term. The Board sets countywide public health policy, enacts and enforces local public health regulations, and carries out other duties of local boards of health specified in State law. When interviewed about the post, Delecki said, “For some time now, dentistry has been a ‘siloed’ profession, off by itself, not considered part of ‘real’ health care. I think in today’s environment that is problematic, because people don’t see it or value it as much as medical care.”
Dr. Alison Han and her husband, AC Sherpa, first started performing volunteer dentistry in Nepal in 2006. The pair had given back often here in the states — Han’s church organized events utilizing the Medical Team International dental vans, and she participated in other free dental day events, but she wanted to do more.
On June 8, the Veterans Stand Down and Resource Fair will be held at Green River Community College in Auburn from 9 am - 3 pm. The event will provide crucial care to area veterans, including dental and medical services, as well as resources for employment, housing, legal advice, food, and other social and human services to at-risk and homeless veterans and their families. At present there are more than 40 community partners participating in or helping to organize the event. Additional information about the event can be found here.
Carol Sterling, Program Manager of Supportive Services for Veteran Families at the YWCA, is hoping to attract 400-550 Vets and their family members, and is currently looking for dentists and assistants to staff the MTI van for the day. They are still sorting out how many volunteers they will need, but if you would like to help please contact Carol directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethics of Digital Radiographs
A few years ago in this space, I briefly discussed what I called “digital etiquette” in sharing your digital records with other dentists. After spending over an hour just now trying to decipher radiographs sent to me from another office for a new patient, I figure it is time to readdress this topic in more detail.