Membership Matters - March 2018 - 5

D E N TA L
OUTRE ACH

Nicaragua
By Frances Sunseri, DMD

THIS FEBRUARY, DR. KIM WRIGHT,
DR. MARTHA GARDNER and I
(Frances Sunseri) visited Clinica
Apoyo in the Comarcas de la Laguna
de Apoyo, Nicaragua. Clinica Apoyo
touches the lives of about 500
residents per month through direct
health services, subsidized pharmacy
and health education programs. This
is a very poor community; some of the
residents do not having running water
in their homes.
The dental clinic is a small room
in the medical clinic. We used a
portable ADEC unit that Dr. Wright
brought down herself. The clinic was
built four years ago with the help of
Brian and Nancy Davis from Portland,
former Peace Corps volunteers and
expats living there. They have trained
local women volunteers to be health
promoters to teach nutrition and health
care to the patients. They are training
a local woman, Yadira, to assist the

dentists and clean teeth. There is a
local dentist who comes twice a month
to treat this community of 3000 people.
Nancy's goal is to have volunteer
dentists donate four or five days every
other month.
We saw around 45 patients in four
days. They ranged in age from 5 to 75.
We performed scaling and polishing,
placed restorations and silver diamine
fluoride, and extracted about 12 teeth.
Even though circumstances were not
ideal (we had no radiographs, the
chairs were not ergonomically friendly,
there is no air conditioning, dust was
flying through the open windows, we
assisted each other [poor Kim had me
for an assistant!]) I left there feeling
proud of the work and help that we
gave these people. They were very
cooperative and appreciative of all we
did for them. Many of them looked
at me with blank faces as I tried my
remedial Spanish, but luckily Nancy

provided us with a great 15-year-old
interpreter who also fetched supplies
for Kim and I. Many of the supplies
were donated by our friends at home;
we brought down two large suitcases
full of supplies and another dental chair
with us.
Many of you may remember
Dr. Martha Gardner, former anatomy
professor at OHSU SOD. She
helped make posters about dental
health for the schools, and helped
Nancy with other educational and
prevention projects. There are many
community projects in the Comarcas
de la Laguna de Apoyo in need
of volunteers. Casa De La Mujer,
a Nicaraguan NGO, is building a
child enrichment/community center
across the road from the clinic. The
center will include a day care, library,
internet café and meeting spaces for
the community. They are looking for
ideas to make the community center
self-sustaining. Volunteering is its own
reward. If you would like to volunteer
or donate, here is the website:
http://www.comarcasapoyo.org/
comarcas-de-la-laguna-english.
The work was tiring, but we
made some time for some rest and
relaxation at the beach. Nicaragua is
a beautiful country with welcoming
people. I will surely return.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF FRANCES SUNSERI, DMD

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - March 2018

Nicaragua
New Members, Board Meeting Highlights
Events and Education
Molar Movement
Insider Results
ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Compliance Corner
Through the Loupes
The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Dentistry
Dentists Take Bite Out of Opioid Epidemic
Service to Veterans
Dental Foundation of Oregon
Health Beyond Communities
Index of Advertisers
Classified Ads
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Intro
Membership Matters - March 2018 - cover1
Membership Matters - March 2018 - cover2
Membership Matters - March 2018 - 3
Membership Matters - March 2018 - 4
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Nicaragua
Membership Matters - March 2018 - 6
Membership Matters - March 2018 - New Members, Board Meeting Highlights
Membership Matters - March 2018 - 8
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Molar Movement
Membership Matters - March 2018 - 11
Membership Matters - March 2018 - 12
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Insider Results
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Compliance Corner
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - Through the Loupes
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Dentistry
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