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ARCHIVES: April 2013

Apr

27

Healthy Kids Day - Year 2

Posted by Paul on 4/27/2013 1:22:00 PM


Today was Healthy Kids Day (HKD)at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex in south St Louis as well as at many YMCA's across the state. For the second year in a row, MDA teamed up with local Y's and MO DHSS to being an oral health education component to more than 1,000 kids and families.
This year 13 Y's (up from 8 last year)from all partsofthe state chose to participate. Previous to the events, local radio spots were aired that combined the MDA Your Mouth Is Talkingcampaign with promotion of the HKD program. Many commented on hearing the spots and seeing record attendance as a result. That's a win before we even get started!
At the event, wonderful, local volunteers commit their time to teach childrenthe importance ofbrushing twice daily for 2 minutes, eating healthy, andvisiting the dentist regularly. Everything the volunteers needed was right out of the box and easy to do. Kids would leave with a goody bag containing brush, paste, flosser, and 2 minute timer. At least 100 goody bags were included at each location. This year participating locations were KC, St Louis, Springfield, Cameron, Mexico, Marshall, Louisiana, Fulton, Lebanon, Sikeston, Boonville, Bolivar, and Kirksville.
On behalf of Melissa Albertsonand I who co-lead this project for the MDA, I wish to thank all the Y's for their cooperative spirit and being easy to work with. And a big thank you to those volunteers who care about kids and gave up part of their weekend to serve. The pictures above are from my visit to Carondelet Park. A super shout out to the eager and awesome students from Forest Park Hygiene school - Tathena, Amanda, Jaimie, and Kate!


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Apr

26

Brain Busted

Posted by Paul on 4/26/2013 1:05:00 PM


As if the MDA Board meeting and the special session of the House of Delegates were not enough to drain my brain for one day, the GKAS Trivia Night aimed to suck out whatever was left. I drove straight to St Louis to partake in this key fundraiser for this awesome clinic. I arrived in time to join Round 3 and to discover a rather rowdy crowd. My trusty table of smarties (including Dr Zust - ADA 6th District Trustee) did a reasonable job to pull off a T-5th out of 26 teams. I would love to congratulate the winning team but since this is my blog and I didn't win, I'll just say some other teams did a little better. (tongue in cheek).
Kudos to Joan and Patti and the versatile Dr. Jeff Dalen for all their efforts to put together this solid event. And double kudos for all those who came out and had a good time and spent auction money. Next up is the big GKAS golf tournament on Monday June 3rd. Be sure to jump in on that action. Fore!


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Apr

26

Rare Special Session of the House

Posted by Paul on 4/26/2013 11:37:00 AM


Late this Friday afternoon in the basement conference room of the MDA office, a special session of the House of Delegates convened. It was a cozy setting for the quorum who was able to attend this rare gathering.What prompted this unique event? You'll be happy to know it was an effort to save about a year in the time line of the governance task force work.
TheMDA appointed aGovernance Task Force Committee, chaired by Dr Joseph Sokolowski,to work with consultant, Dr Michael Gallery, on how to review and streamline the governance practices of the MDA. At the official HOD meeting last November, the delegates approved the Performance Requirements expected of the MDA. Since then the task force has been meeting to determine where they see "gaps" between what should be (performance requirements) and what is (actual performance). In order for the task force to proceed, it was first necessary for the House to approve the "gaps" as reported by the task force. Waiting to do this until next November would have really delayed the work and momentum of the task force. In January the MDA Board reviewed and approved theGap Analysisbut now it was the House's turn.
Gathering together in person was the most prudent way to handle this important piece of business. I was very impressed with everyone's effort to attend. Speaker Dr Robert Butler did an excellent job running his first House meeting in an unusual location. Proper protocol was followed from start to finish and after relatively little discussion, the House voted to approve the Gap Analysis as presented. The whole thing was over in less than an hour and delegates returned home for the weekend.
So what's next? The task force meets to discuss ideas for closing the gaps and what that might look like. The MDA Board will review those ideas and then the House will get the latest update next November - a full year ahead of where we would be normally.
Thanks again to everyone who worked hard to prepare and attend this rare special session of the House.


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Apr

18

FFT Finale Frenzy!

Posted by Paul on 4/18/2013 1:06:00 PM


Today was the final Food For Thought lunch eventfor UMKC students and we might have saved the best for last. Maybe it was the good food from Jason's Deli. Maybe it was the speaker line up of Dr and Dr Darren and Sarah Mahaffey who shared real life scenarios of what it's like to be a new grad out in the real world. Or maybe it was the fact that it was National Signing Day and MDIS was giving away prizes andMDA was giving away $250 cold hard cash to one lucky male and one lucky female fourth year student. Whatever it was, the crowd was large and vocal and appreciative.
We had a record 45 applications from 4th year students. This is huge for our future. It's key to track with them and help them plug into organized dentistryonce they turn the tassel. Congratulations to Amber Valentine and Clark Chaney for being the big money winners. Many others came away with all manor of gift certificates and cash. And a special thanks to the Mahaffeys for their time and the connection they made with the students - many of whom will soon be their colleagues.
FFT is a strategic tool in our association's lifeline to future membership and leadership. I always enjoy relating with the "next wave". Mandy, Jerri from MDIS, and I are consulting with student leaders and discussing ways to improve every aspect of the FFT so that next year we will be back better and larger than ever. See you then!


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Apr

18

Kids Dental Health on the Fast Track

Posted by Paul on 4/18/2013 11:40:00 AM


Rev your engines for dental health! Let me share about a cool event I attended at J.A. Rogers Elementary in Kansas City today. On the national level, ADA's Give Kids A Smile program teams up with 3M Racing to highlight oral health education. NASCAR star Greg Biffle, driver of the #163M Ford Fusion in theNASCAR Sprint Cup Series helps deliver a message to children about healthy habits like brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing, visiting the dentist, and making healthy food choices.
The 3M team was in town for the race at Kansas Speedway. In addition to a large outreach at the track, they scheduled the Show Car for two assemblies at the elementary school. I stopped in to observe the high energy presentation from Tommy Danger and Peebo, the 3M Racing Pit Bull mascot. The students paid great attention to all the speakers and then enthusiastically responded to questions with a chance to win a prize. Then they got to hear the car rev up for top noise impact and get their class picture made with the car. They also left with goody bags. It was quite a day! Thank you, Principal Dr Wendy McNitt for hosting everyone. Your students are well behaved!
Of interest was the fact that the elementary school serves as an outpost clinic two days a week for the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. This model has helped kids get regular care. When asked how many were cavity free, an impressive amount of hands went up.
I want to thank and salute the folks who work hard to make all these aspects come together. The first photo features the 3M rep, Mike, with the ADA program coordinator Nicole Catral. The third photo features two staffers at the school clinic, Dr Lauren Andreas the school clinic dentist knows as "Dr A" , Tommy Danger, and Dr Mike Jurkovich, medical director for the Samuel Rodgers Health Center.


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Apr

17

Two Week Warning

Posted by Paul on 4/17/2013 11:06:00 AM


In sports, the two minute warning is a crucial moment. It helps a team regroup to finish strong and win the game. This two week warning is similar when it comes to MOMOM. Currently we have over 850 volunteers (about 120 dentists - we need closer to 200). Let me encourage you to sign up at www.momom.org. and help us win the game.
PSA's are playing on the radio and TV. Editorials are running in the paper. Fliers have been distributed across the region. People of all ages will make their way to the Show Me Center very earlyto wait for the clinic doors to open at 5 am on Friday, May 2. Why? Because they are in desperate need of dental care and seemingly have no other option.
Participating in a MOMOM is like no other experience in charitable care. The mere scope is overwhelming to the senses. The united effort by so many people delivers a unique feeling that overrides the weariness of a long day. The gratitude of the patients is sweet and sincere.
Dr. Jan Ruopp and her team have been working hard for more than a year and it's all about to payoff. Please consider working a shift and contributing to this worthwhile effort. You'll be glad you did.
Success is just two weeks away. See you there!


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Apr

12

Much Better Results

Posted by Paul on 4/12/2013 10:52:00 AM


Did I get better or did I have a better team? Who's to say but if you follow this blog at all, you might recall a post from April 2012. I had played the SEDS golf tournament and ended up on the team with the worst score. As a result we "won" basketballs, a not so subtle hint to consider another sport.
Well this year I was back and we tied for first place before losing a scorecard playoff. Now I have a little cash in my pocket and a little strut in my stride. Truth be told, it was the keen management of our "charity string" that aided our fine showing. Still, I would be remiss not to give a shout out to my teammates pictured above: Dr. Pat Ruopp, Dr. Susan Sheets, Dr. Dennis Amschlerand Dr. David Kaelin.
I always have a good time with the welcoming members of the SEDS. They are in good spirits and ready for MOMOM in a few weeks. They were also quick to move that they scholarship some young guns to attend the first ever Connect 4 Success MDA Leadership and New Dentists Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks June 28-29. That;s leading by example and putting your money where your mouth is. Thank you!!


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Apr

09

Hygiene at the Capitol

Posted by Paul on 4/9/2013 10:11:00 AM


Last night I was an active citizen and attended a meeting at the Capitol. It was the Oral Health Issue Development Committee chaired by Representative Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau). Representative Lichtenegger uses the meeting to inform legislators and interested citizens about a variety of oral health topics. Rep. Lichtenegger, a hygienist,often consults with the MDA and the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health to bring in speakers.
There was a good size crowd in the room to hear Dottie Gholson (pictured above to the right of Rep. Lichtenegger) provide an update on the Oral Health Coalition of SE Missouri. Ms Gholson is the Oral Health Coordinator and reported that last year 6,704 youth were screened in 27 schools and 22 preschools in the local areawith many children receiving fluoride varnish. The amount of collaboration from various partners involvedis impressive but it was also clear more providers are needed.
This topic naturally led to a good discussion about the upcoming MOMOM project in Cape Girardeau. There weresome questions and I was glad to be there and able to highlight this effort to legislators.
Also on the agenda was another MDA and MOMOM friend, Donnell Cox of Dentaquest. She gave a succinct overview of dental insurance services theyprovide through the three state selected Managed Care Organizations.
Our legislators rely on industry insiders to educate them on all the various issues they must vote on. Providing a committee and an agenda like this is a useful tool. Of course, hearing directly from you, their constituents, is also critical. To follow all the legislative issues that affect you and the MDA, visit the Advocacy tab at www.modental.org or contact our legislative director Patrick Baker at patrick@modental.org.


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