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dental health

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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Health crisis - lessons learned from Grundy and Wise

by: teacherken

Sat Oct 03, 2009 at 20:27:29 PM EDT

There may be 43 million Americans without health care insurance.  The number of Americans who lack insurance that covers dental is at least twice, if not three times, that number.  Working in dental triage here at the event at Grundy reminds me forcefully of what I learned when I volunteered in Wise - we have a critical crisis in dental health in this country which may well dwarf the seriousness of the issues we normally include under the umbrella of our health crisis.

So before I do anything else, let me do this:  let me urge you, if you feel moved to make a contribution, to direct it to Missions of Mercy, which is the umbrella organization that provides free dental care and skilled dentists at many of these events.  Please note, I greatly admire the work of Stan Brock and Remote Area Medical, but they get the lion's share of the news coverage, and thus of the contributions, even though at Grundy - as was the case at Wise - more people will be treated for dental than for regular health and vision combined.

Please keep reading.  There is a lot I would like to share, starting with, but not limited, to dental health issues.

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