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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Volunteering - Its a Way of Life for West Virginians

Thursday night my classmates and I will be taking a road trip to Hedgesville. WVU - School of Dentistry encourages community involvement. For us 2 full days at a Dental Clinic, is an exciting opportunity.
I'm copying the Martinsburg Newspaper story about the dental clinic.

Free dental clinic offered in Hedgesville
Any adult without insurance can choose from one of three services
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD (martinsburg@herald-mail.com)
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. — A two-day, free dental clinic for adults will be held FRIDAY AND SATURDAY at Hedgesville High School as part of an ongoing initiative to improve the oral health of Eastern Panhandle residents.
“The goal is to see at least 1,000 people in two days. The other goal is to get people out of pain,” Lisa Dunn, dental health programs director for West Virginia University Health Sciences Center Eastern Division, said in a news release.
“Dentists are coming from all over West Virginia. This is a huge, huge undertaking. It has taken a year to plan.”
Anyone 18 or older, including non-West Virginia residents, who do not have insurance or cannot afford to see a dentist, are eligible to receive one of three services — tooth extraction, restoration (such as cavity fillings) or cleaning — at the school on June 27 and 28, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, officials said.
Sponsored by the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, the clinic has been dubbed a Mission of Mercy (MOM) project, an all-volunteer service program that was launched in 2000 by a dentist in Virginia. The event in Hedgesville is the first to be held in West Virginia, according to organizers.
Healthy Smiles, a local oral health task force, is coordinating the project with direction from Dunn, Betty Russell, dentist Tom Leslie and his wife, Toni. Betty Russell is the wife of local oral surgeon W. Dean Russell.
“This is just one component of what we’re trying to accomplish,” Russell said of the MOM project’s relationship to the multi-pronged efforts of the task force, which organized two years ago.

Since joining WVU’s Eastern Division in January 2007, Dunn has been leading educational outreach efforts with young children in the Eastern Panhandle. A 2003 survey by the West Virginia Bureau of Health indicated more than 10,000 Medicaid-eligible children in the Eastern Panhandle were not receiving adequate dental care.
Though the free clinic is being offered only to adults, Russell said the task force has not forgotten about children.
The establishment of a clinic specifically for children in need of dental care is the goal of Healthy Smiles of the Eastern Panhandle Inc., a nonprofit organization incorporated with the assistance of attorney Kenneth J. Barton Jr. in February 2008. W. Dean Russell, Shepherdstown-area dentist Anne Basham and others are listed as directors of the organization.
“We’re learning it’s not as easy to get to the children as we thought it would be,” Russell said. “We have to get to the parents first.”
For the adult clinic in June, people will be treated on first-come, first-served basis. After taking part in a MOM clinic in Roanoke, Va., last year, Dunn said the unfortunate part of the project was that more people came than could be served, leaving many turned away at the door.
“People start lining up in the middle of the night,” Dunn said. “One of the things we hope to achieve with this clinic is to demonstrate the enormousness of the need.”
Patients next month will go through registration, medical screening, an initial exam and an X-ray if necessary, then will receive treatment in various areas of the high school, officials said.
Russell expects dental professionals from Virginia and as far as Pennsylvania and North Carolina to be among about 600 volunteers who will have some role in making the clinic operational.
“We couldn’t do it without the help from Virginia,” Russell said.
The more than 100 professional volunteers include six dentists from the WVU School of Dentistry, 31 third-year dental students, three hygienists and seven assistants, according to Teresa E. McCabe, vice president of marketing & development for WVU Hospitals-East.
Nearly 500 other volunteers are being recruited by the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Inc. to help run the event.
Gov. Joe Manchin’s wife, Gayle, is scheduled to volunteer, Dunn said.
“The Eastern Panhandle is the fastest-growing area. We haven’t been able to keep up with the same rate of dentists, leaving the tri-county area with an extremely low rate of dentists per capita,” Dunn said.
For more information
More information about volunteering and receiving patient services at the Mission of Mercy (MOM) clinic at Hedgesville High School is available online at http://www.healthysmileswv.org/
Medical questions about the MOM project should be directed to dental professionals Tom Leslie (mailto:%20ttleslie@earthlink.net or 304-258-2291) or Lisa Dunn (mailto:%20dunnli@rcbhsc.wvu.edu or 304-264-9202).
Nonmedical questions about the initiative should be directed to Trina Bartlett (mailto:%20uwepdci@comcast.net


Anonymous said...

I wished that I was home. I would help to find people for you all to work on. Plan on letting some of the family know that they can get some free dental services if they don't have insurance. Should be a busy 2 days. I will say I am jealous that you will be near my home town of Charlestown. Hope you have fun and get to pull and fill and clean lots of teeth. They will be getting good work done those people who get to see you. I hope that you get alittle free time to look around. I would go to up the road a little ways and get in the healing waters in Bath, Berkly Springs. George Washington did. There is also a castle there. Then Charlestown has the race track, and Harpersferry is a place to tour, and Shepherdtown is my favorite place to go have coffee, and brows the local shops and if you are looking for something good to eat there is the Barivan Inn. Real good food, and a bakery that has good stuff for the sweet tooth. My daughter went to college in Shepherdtown and it became my favorite place to go. There is also a park call Morgans Grove that has a walk, run trail that is wonderful. Then there is Booneboro in Maryland that had alot going on during the Civil War, like Harperferry. Just a real interesting place. The Kennedy's have a farm there.I could write you a book on things to do and see. There was a WV glass outlet in Martinsburg I do not know if it still there.I am excited for you. At least you will be seeing the country that I grew-up in and I hope you find it beautiful. Hay you are a hour from Washington D.C.. See you soon and I talk to much. have fun, love ya, Roxie

Anonymous said...

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Hillary J Homburg said...

Thank you. I imagine we will be tired the days are 6 - 6.
Solomon wrote to say he has a clinic in nearby Martinsburg and offered to provide lunch. Everyone is much too kind.
The thought of a real bakery and local sweet shops is interesting. Must confess I have a 'sweet tooth' but this trip won't allow any additonal traveling.

sweetdoc said...

Go home to Charleston and spend the week resting. You need rest more than you need volunteer
reward units.