Tuesday night’s Left of Center meeting is about a group named “Remote Area Medical,” and Jennifer McKeever and I are putting it on. You might remember my lengthy 2006 blog entry about indigent dental care in Virginia, in which I wrote about a huge medical fair, and for which I interviewed Terry Dickinson from the Virginia Dental Association. Well, this event is about that medical fair, and one of the speakers is Dickinson. From the Left of Center blog:
Once a year, thousands of uninsured people from all over Appalachia gather at the Wise County, VA fairgrounds for three days to have rotten teeth pulled, cysts carved out, and mysterious lumps x-rayed. It’s a stunning, moving event, revealing the second-world conditions under which many people are living right here in Virginia.
Speakers: Aryana Khalid, deputy Secretary for Health & Human Services for Virginia, & Terry Dickinson, Executive Director of the Virginia Dental Association (and the big thinker behind Mission of Mercy and the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps). (You can read a recent article about RAM in the Washington Post.)
If you’re not convinced that this is something you’d be interested in, just watch a few minutes of 60 Minutes’ recent feature on RAM.
Drinking and socializing starts at 7:00 PM at Rapture. The talk starts 7:30-ish. Then back to drinking and socializing, with time to chat with our guest speakers. I hope you’ll come.