Medical Clinic Progress

The Barron Ejido president, Jorge Hilario Espinosa formed a committee of four Barron leaders to solicit local government (municipality of Mazatlan) support and funding for the project. The committee has raised $50,000 pesos in Barron for the project so far.

The Ejido of Barron has donated the land for the new clinic and has transferred title to the municipality of Mazatlan.

FOB CANAM INC has committed $400,000 pesos to the project.  We have also offered to help equip it once built.  We have raised $300,000 pesos to date.

The government has agreed to build and staff the clinic and has produced plans and budgets.  They estimate a $1,600,000 peso construction project.

Elections were in July and a new municipal president will take power this month.  So far his administration has verbally agreed to pursue the project.  Obviously, this participation is key to success.  We have been told that nothing will happen until the new administration takes control. We will routinely advise you of progress.

New Computers Arrive

Because of the generosity of many individuals, the Barron high school has taken delivery of 22 Samsung tablets connecting to the new high speed internet. Thanks to Jeremy Kennell and Lance Gutersohn, these machines are becoming part of the educational curriculum, accelerating these kids into the 21st century. Thank you Lance and Jeremy and everyone else who made this happen. More computers are needed however, so if you have about $300 usd to spare, donate it and we will buy another computer. We have a RallyUp site devoted to this effort.

Other developments include the extension of high speed internet into both the middle school and the primary school. For the first tine in history, all three principals are working together to improve the educational standards in Barron

The third wonderful thing happening in Barron is the addition of an internet hotspot in the plaza. Very soon, anyone with a smartphone will be able to connect to the internet while enjoying the beautiful plaza. Hopefully, they will be doing their homework.

The final step in the right direction is that plans for a new medical/dental clinic are progressing. Completion of this clinic is a milestone that will coincidentally mark the end of our annual dental clinic in the primary school. For the past six years, a remarkable set of dental professionals have donated their time, money and expertise to improve the dental health of the community. Simple thanks to this team, led by Jeff and Deb Astroth and Kurt Ferre, is insufficient. In a feeble effort to convey our thanks, we will be hosting a special Mother’s Day Taco Party scheduled for Thursday, May 10. If you can attend, you will be most welcome.

FOB Makes a Difference

The Friends of Barron annual dental clinic has affected the legislative process in Colorado. A recent legislative action, House Bill 1045, concerned the application of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) by dental hygienists and was introduced by Representative Jonathan Singer and Senator Tate.  During the House committee hearing, one of the people to testify was Deb Astroth, RDH, BSDH, a member of the Barron dental mission team. She mentioned in her testimony the history of use of SDF with the children of Barron.

The committee unanimously voted to sent the bill to the full House where it was passed and sent to the Senate.  The Senate committee invoked a rarely used procedure to Supermotion the bill to the full Senate without a hearing as the full committee was supportive.

The Senate passed the bill and Governor Hickenlooper signed the law on March 22, 2018.

Friends of Barron is thrilled to participate in this marriage between science and politics. Without the intensive database maintained by FOB volunteers, compelling statistics that lead the way to legislative decisions would not have been available.

Thanks must go out to the Estrella Del Mar community for supporting our work both monetarily and physically, but also to the dedicated cadre of dental professionals who have traveled to Mazatlán annually for the last seven years. Working under MASH-type circumstances, they brave floods, outages, chaos and crowds, working their magic amongst the elementary school students in Barron. All of them. All 200 of them. Every year.

FOB is very proud to have contributed to the impeding health and welfare of the children of Colorado.

Two Students Need Scholarship Support

Jose ZambranoJose Francisco –  Age 19  – Jose is enrolled in the Polytechnic University of Sinaloa studying to become an Engineer of Animation and Visual Effects. During the week, he works 24 hours a week in a hotel and in a cyber cafe and contributes half of his monthly earnings to his college education. In Barron, he volunteers helping younger kids participate in the arts and in sports. He hopes to set up sports tournaments and works at finding uniforms and equipment for kids to use while participating in these tournaments.

img_0146Antonia – Age 19 – Antonia is in her third year of high school at the COBAIS in Isla Piedra where she maintains a “B+” grade average. He favorite pastimes are reading and writing and she also enjoys playing soccer. Her goal is to enter University and pursue a career in criminology with a minor in English.

For her community project, she thinks cleaning the place up is a key step toward attracting tourism. She say, “there are many very beautiful places in my community like the river, like the agricultural fields, but they appear spoiled because of trash.”

Please contact either Dale Lyster (dlyster@shaw.ca) or Richard McGuire (richardmcg@aol.com) for more information. The cost is $550 USD per year.

FOB on Leading Edge

The founder and first dean of the dental school attended by the leading practitioners that run our annual primary school dental clinic, Northwestern University, was Dr. G.V. Black. He wrote extensively about the use of silver nitrate back in the early 20th Century.  The use of silver nitrate fell out of favor in the mid 1950’s because it turned caries from brown to black. That it was a simple and effective treatment for juvenile caries was put aside in favor of drilling and filling in a formal dentist office.

Rediscovered about 10 years ago, FOBs use of the compound during the past six years has added to the database and finally the kissing cousin, silver diamine fluoride, has now received FDA approval.

Kinder Fluoride Clinic Thanks

Hola everyone,

Thank you for such a great clinic. And a special thanks to Megan and Tyler who worked,  even though they are on vacation!  It always seems that a great crew shows up for every clinic and we all work so well together!

The kids are pretty special and I hope you all had as much fun as I did. If anyone got any good action shots, please send them to me.

Once again, thank you for your help with the kids. I think we are making some progress! We saw 59 kids today…14 were absent. Of the 59, 22 had caries…so 37% decay rate! Better than it was initially….but we will do better.

An AgN clinic and the Well Baby Clinic will be scheduled soon.

Saludos!

New Clinic Plans Advance

The goal to see a permanent medical/dental clinic built in the tiny town of Barron had taken a giant step forward. Tonight, representatives of Friends of Barron will sit in on a community meeting debating the scope of the project. Municipal authorities have shown interest and are involved. Fund raising efforts continue, and with just a little more help, our goal can be realized.