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Every PNDC attendee who books a room at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue during the PNDC is automatically entered to win a vacation package at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla. The getaway is valued at $800 and includes a two-night stay and dinner for two! Deadline to book your room and be entered in the drawing is May 20. Book your reservation here today! 

To view the complete 2013 PNDC schedule, click here  ·  To register online, click here



This week, three groups of students from the Seattle Academy volunteered to help Washington Oral Health Foundation staff assemble goodie bags and address thank you letters as part of “The Seattle Challenge experience.” The Challenge is a three-day urban experience designed as a retreat for the Academy’s 8th grade students, and is modeled after a similar program at Seattle Pacific University that explores the experiences of both the urban residential poor and the homeless. Students experienced some of the feelings of frustration and hopelessness common to the poor.

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After viewing a YouTube video entitled, “A Smile Changes Everything,” chronicling the efforts of the medical non-profit Operation Smile, which provides free corrective surgeries to children born with cleft lip and palate, UW sophomore Zoe Mesnik-Greene decided to get involved.

Mesnik-Greene has created a line of organic lip balms called Lasting Smile and 100 percent of the net profits generated through the sale of these lip balms will be donated to Operation Smile. Through this project enough money can be raised to provide 65 surgeries to children in need. If all the money is raised by March 14 it will be included in Operation Smiles’ 5x Impact Campaign and provide 312 children with corrective surgeries.

Lasting Smile lip balms can be purchased in packs of 50 for $200, 75 for $300 or 100 lip balms for $400. If you are interested in purchasing, please contact Zoe Mesnik-Greene at An impact report and donation receipt will be provided to all those who participate.


Dentistry in the News: Bellingham Herald Piece Discusses Adult Dental Medicaid

Last weekend, The Bellingham Herald ran a piece on funding Adult Dental Medicaid and the impacts the program cuts have had on the dental safety net. The article also highlighted some of the charitable care projects organized by the Mount Baker District Dental Society. WSDA and the Coalition to Fund Dental Access are in Olympia working to restore funding to the Adult Dental Medicaid program. The entire story is posted below or can be read online here.

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