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Mission of Mercy

Early Saturday morning - just a few not so random thoughts

by: teacherken

Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 19:13:37 PM EDT

apologies - somehow forgot to crosspost this here on time, as you can tell by the title, but it is an appropriate followup to my last diary here

It is 4:30 in the morning. I am packing, dressing, and about to leave for my 2nd and final day of the Mission of Mercy project in Roanoke, where I will spend from 6 to 3 or so in dental triage.  As I was going to sleep last night I came to several realizations which I wish to share.

You may agree.

You may disagree.

Hell, you may chose not to keep reading.

It is what is on my mind.

So here goes

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Mission of Mercy - Roanoke: another health care diary

by: teacherken

Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 19:03:41 PM EDT

posted at Daily Kos, Blue Virginia, and Blue Commonwealth

I sit in a house of a friend, in Roanoke County, VA, having just finished the first of two days of volunteering at yet another Mission of Mercy, the free dental projects put on by the Virginia Dental Society, this at the Civic Center in the city of Roanoke.  Yes, as of this week, we have new laws revising health insurance coverage in this nation.  Yet the need for care for many remains unaddressed, and will remain unaddressed for some time to come.  After all, we still insist on separating dental health from general health.  The changes in health insurance by themselves do little to address the crisis of dental health, or the lack thereof, for many in this country.

I am neither a dental or a medical professional.  I volunteer in dental triage, helping with paperwork and patient flow so that the volunteer dentists with whom I work can devote more of their time to patient care.  I have done so in Wise VA in July, Grundy in October, and Springfield 2 weeks ago.  And I will return to Wise in July, which is why I will for the first time not be at our annual gathering, this the 5th back at the site of the 1st in Las Vegas.

I have a few thoughts to offer below the fold, which I invite you to read.

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Mission of Mercy - NoVa: a health care diary

by: teacherken

Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 19:17:05 PM EST

Today is a Friday.  Normally I would have just completed a day with my students.  Instead I have done something at least as important as teach.  I have just returned from a day of volunteering in dental triage at the Mission of Mercy event at the Medical College of Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield.   This is my third time, the first at a dental only event (those at Wise and Grundy were held in conjunction with Remote Area Medical).

Springfield is in Fairfax County, a wealthy jurisdiction of the DC metro area, a community very different from those of rural Appalachia in which I had previously volunteered.  

And yet, the need was just as great as in Wise and in Grundy.  

I ask that you continue reading as I share my impressions of the day.

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