Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Chief Dental Officer Named Chair-elect of the American Dental Association Dental Quality Alliance
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Chief Dental Officer Dr. Mark Koday was named chair-elect of the American Dental Association’s Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) beginning in 2019.
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 DQA.
The Dental Quality Alliance 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 use a collaborative approach to develop oral health care measures. The mission of the DQA is to advance performance measurement as a means to improve oral health, patient care and safety through a consensus-building process.
In the three decades he’s been working toward 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 DQA.
Dr. Koday began his career at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He graduated in 1978 and started as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. He 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 and now serves on the WA State Dental Association Board of Directors, the American Dental Association’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and the Dental Quality Alliance.
“It is an absolute honor to work alongside someone so influential in the oral health delivery of the nation,” Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares said.