FREE CLINIC IN ARIZONA ADDRESSES CHRONIC NEED FOR ORAL HEALTH CARE IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES

spectrummagazine.org | 12/8/2019 | Staff
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God’s hand was at work in Page, Arizona, through a group of dedicated volunteers who facilitated 300 procedures during a free dental clinic hosted at the Page All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 23-25. During the three-day clinic, approximately $200,000 of dental procedures and $30,000 dermatology services were given at no cost to more than 140 people.

The volunteer team included seven dentists, one dental hygienist, nine dental assistants, a board-certified dermatologist, a family practice physician, and two massage therapists. Fifty-five additional volunteers managed registration, sterilized equipment, offered counseling, and provided other related activities.

Services - Procedures - Cleaning - Check-ups - Fillings

Services and procedures included teeth cleaning, check-ups, fillings, and extractions while using well-equipped dental chairs, mobile X-rays, e-imaging, and other dental-related services. The dermatologist performed skin checks and minor dermatological procedures on 40 patients, and the family practice physician provided preventive care screenings and counseling.

Of the treated patients, more than 90 percent were members of the Navajo Nation. A few Hopi and Zuni tribal members also participated as well as several non-native community members. A high percentage reported that they had diabetes, pre-diabetes, and/or heart disease, which are known risk factors linked to poor oral health.

Project - Volunteers - F5 - Christian - Group

The project volunteers were provided by “F5,” a unique young professional Christian group created by dentist Calvin Kim. Kim met with Nancy Crosby, director of Native American Ministries for the Pacific Union, to share the idea of holding a dental clinic. Through a series of events and much prayer, each detail fell into place.

The clinic was coordinated and organized by the Life and Health Network led by Danny Kwon, who has extensive experience operating free clinics worldwide; and Vinh Trinh, a paramedic and pre-dental student who has worked alongside Kwon with the free clinics. The dental equipment was provided by Caring Hands Worldwide, a mobile clinic non-profit from Eugene, Oregon, together with...
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