California Dental Association Foundation, State Sen. Alex Padilla and Verizon to Demonstrate Dental Telemedicine Technology on Feb. 26

Thursday, February 25, 2010 Dental News
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 The California Dental Association Foundation on Friday (Feb. 26) will demonstrate a dental telemedicine pilot project that will expand access to dental services to San Fernando Valley school children who live in underserved areas.

Background: The California Dental Association Foundation -- in collaboration with the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and the California Health Care Foundation, and $100,000 in funding from Verizon -- is partnering with MEND on this four-year pilot project. It will expand and improve access to dental services by establishing a telecommunications link between community-based oral health professionals in underserved communities and dentists in traditional locations. These oral health professionals are dental hygienists and dental assistants who can perform additional duties - specifically, preventive and temporary restorative treatment -- without direct supervision of a dentist.

WHAT: Demonstration of dental telemedicine pilot project serving San Fernando Valley school children WHO: State Sen. Alex Padilla, 20th Senate District Marianne Haver Hill, president/CEO, MEND -(Meet Each Need with Dignity) Tim McCallion, Verizon West region president Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Dr. Lindsey Robinson, chair, CDA Foundation Board of Directors WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26 WHERE: MEND 10641 N. San Fernando Road Pacoima, Calif. 91331 VISUALS: Demonstration of telemedicine technology allowing dentists to remotely examine children's teeth and diagnosis their dental health.

SOURCE Verizon


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