We’ve always been fascinated by Google Maps, and the ability to virtually visit practically anyplace on Earth. All you need is an address, a good internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone and within seconds you can see what a certain street, house or tourist site looks like (we are personally partial to the flight simulator function which allows one to fly down streets).
Well, Google has now partnered with local developers/webmasters to bring Google Maps into buildings and businesses. So now you can visit your favorite new restaurant, salon and even pediatric dentist!
To check out our virtual tour, click on the link below. A word of advice – to see our second floor, click on the number 2 button found in the lower right hand corner. Hope you enjoy visiting!
Incidentally, in the interest of full disclosure, we are in no way affiliated or received payment from Google. We simply think this new offering from them is a fantastic way for curious minds to explore our office.
Health policy rant alert….
Was perusing my news feeds and came across an interesting chart released by the Pew Charitable Trust which caught my attention. It was a chart titled “Is your State a winner when it comes to federal support for oral health”. Given that yours truly resides in what is possibly the bluest of all States, Massachusetts, it came as some surprise to see that the Commonwealth is one of 29 States which is not being funded by this CDC sponsored program. This study was designed to find means strengthen a State’s oral health program, to ostensibly improve the oral health of their residents. Granted, it appears the level of funding is ‘only’ $300,000/State/Year (though renewable through 2017) but it seems like a missed opportunity, made even more odd by the fact that aside from Maine, Massachusetts was the only other New England state which received none of these monies.
Now, I’ll fully admit that I’m a wet fingered dentist and have little (as in none) experience in oral health policy. It’s entirely possible that a grant application from Massachusetts was submitted and rejected by the CDC, which may explain why we are colored brown in the graphic. Or it may be a simple fact that the CDC was only allocated $5.9 million/year to fund this project, and they ran out of money. Or that a lack of Massachusetts legislative muscle in Washington shelved this program for us. I most assuredly don’t know.
What I do know is that there is still exists some significant unmet dental needs in Massachusetts, and any opportunity to gain some further insight as to how to best address this problem is one we should grab. Throwing money at a problem is not always the solution. But in this one case, it seems as if there was a lost opportunity to get some money that was earmarked for an important issue.