Yakima Man Appointed To National Dental Quality Committee
Dr. Mark Koday to advise on country’s oral health care
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Chief Dental Officer, Dr. Mark Koday was appointed by the American Dental Association’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention to be its representative to the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA).
The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) was established by the American Dental Association to develop performance measures for oral health care. The DQA is an organization of major stakeholders in oral health care delivery that will use a collaborative approach to develop oral health care measures.
With over 30 years of service to the patients of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic network of care, Dr. Koday says he’s seen many changes in the world of oral health and at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.
“We started as a mom and pop shop, and over the years have grown into of one the largest community health centers in the nation; not just in size, but in complexity,” Dr. Koday added. “The advancements in technology and research I’ve seen in just 30 years are truly astounding.”
Naturally, Dr. Koday is the perfect fit to participate in the Dental Quality Alliance.
“With dental Medicaid managed care on the horizon in Washington, I feel this is a prime opportunity to learn more about metrics that will guide that care and be a part of the conversation,” he said.
Dr. Koday got his start at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He graduated in 1978 and started as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. Since his wife was from Montana, he promised her he would do his best to move her as close to home as possible; that landed the couple in Yakima, Washington.
Dr. Koday was placed with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish in 1986 as the organization’s dental director, and has been with the organization since. Koday also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Migrant Health from the National Association of Community Health Centers in 2017.
“It continues to be my great honor to work alongside Dr. Mark Koday,” Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares said. “There isn’t anyone more deserving of this honor than Dr. Koday.”
About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 131,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 18 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 49 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.org