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Foundation sends aid to Joplin, sponsors students
The Indiana Foundation for Dental Health (IFDH) has acted recently to provide aid to endeavors that advance oral health in Indiana and beyond, on behalf of IDA members.
The Foundation not only reached out to dentists in Joplin, Mo., who lost their practices after tornados struck earlier this spring, but helped bring two Kenyan dental students to the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
A Helping Hand for Joplin, Missouri
Fifty-eight dentists in Joplin, Mo., were impacted by the May 29, 2011, tornado, representing 40 dental offices. Of these 40 locations, 23 offices suffered total destruction, and the rest incurred moderate to severe damage. Several dentists’ homes were also completely destroyed or received significant damage.
“Devastation caused by the May 29 tornado that tore through Joplin was shocking,” said Dr. Ray Maddox, IFDH President. “We share a strong bond through dentistry with those who lost their dental practices and wanted to do our part in helping rebuild so Joplin patients can be served once more.”
The Foundation sent a $5,000 contribution to the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) earmarked for the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund established by the MDA.
“Not only are our members dealing with the emotional and financial impact of reestablishing their practices and homes, but as well, reestablishing their community where they live and work,” said Vicki Wilbers, MDA Executive Director. “We know that what they are dealing with now doesn’t even consider the long-term effects – emotionally, psychologically and financially.”
Welcoming Kenyan students to IUSD
Current Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) students Chris Kutanovski and Chris Cummings spent three weeks at Moi University. Their experience was featured in the winter 2011 issue of the Journal Indiana Dental Association. The two students made a commitment to raise funds to bring two Moi dental students to IUSD for a month in the fall of 2011.
To aid efforts to bring the students to IUSD, the IFDH contributed $5,000 in March 2011, and the Northwest Indiana Dental Society donated an additional $2,000 in July 2011.
The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) began a partnership with Moi University in Kenya in 1989. In 2003, IUSD began a partnership with the institution when the Moi Dental School was fully established.
Dr. Karen Yoder, IUSD professor and Director of the Division of Community Dentistry, has played a primary role in building the dental school’s relationship with Moi University.
“Thanks a million,” Dr. Yoder said. “I’ve been a bit worried about the possibility of coming up short on funds, and this will help immensely.”
Ed Rosenbaum, Director of Professional Services
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