Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Chief Dental Officer Named to State Board of Directors
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Chief Dental Officer Dr. Mark Koday was elected to the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) Board of Directors this month.
With over 32 years of service to the patients of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic network of care, Dr. Koday brings that experience to the WSDA’s Board.
Washington State Dental Association’s mission is to empower its members to advocate for and provide optimal oral health care. The association’s strategic priorities include advancing solutions that promote the health and safety of all people in Washington, and showcasing the good works of dentists and organized dentistry in Washington. The group also wishes to improve the quality of patient care through education.
In the three decades he’s been working towards these goals, Dr. Koday says he’s seen many changes in the world of oral health and at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Koday has years of experience with councils and boards on the state and national level in the arena of oral health, and hopes to bring this experience to the Washington State Dental Association Board of Directors during his three-year term.
“Most of all, I hope I can be a helpful resource to the board,” 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. He has served on the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission, the American Dental Association’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and the Dental Quality Alliance.
“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 prestigious appointment than Dr. Koday.”
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical and social services for more than 149,000 people. We employ 1,482 full-time staff and 705 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, administrative fellows, students and volunteers. Facilities: 24 medical clinics, 12 dental clinics, 8 pharmacies, and 59 program sites. Washington locations: Grandview, Granger, Kennewick, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla, and Wapato. Oregon locations: Astoria, Clatskanie, Hermiston, Newberg, McMinnville, Portland, Salem, and Woodburn. Our Mission: Together we are dedicated to lead, with the courage to care, the determination to promote personal growth, and the compassion to champion the cause of those who have no voice. Visit: www.yvfwc.com