On Jan. 25, Eastern Washington University Professor and Public Health Coordinator Merri Jones, RDH, M.S.D.H., led five dental hygiene students in the inaugural Spokane City and County Veteran Stand Down. Students provided oral health screenings and identified resources for homeless and at-risk veterans in the community. Stand Down is a military term meaning a relaxation of status of a military unit or operational posture. Stand Down events are held in cities nationwide to provide supplies and services to homeless veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling.
Eastern Washington University dental hygiene students met one-on-one with veterans to assist in accessing dental services and to provide oral health products. “This Stand Down was an opportunity for our community to support our veterans and show Spokane’s gratitude in a very personal and tangible manner,” says Prof. Jones. The event was made more special when one of the former clinical dentists sang the national anthem with the color guard. Students have commented on how much this event meant to them and are grateful it will continue in the future.
Courtesy of Lisa Bilich, RDH, M.S.Ed., Department Chair, Eastern Washington University
Published on March 11, 2020