The America’s Dentists Care Foundation launched the first Mission of Mercy in Virginia in 2000. Today, MOM events can be found nationwide. More than 14,300 children and adults have received in excess of $8.12 million in care at WDA Mission of Mercy events since 2009.
A successful MOM event focuses on:
The Wisconsin MOM program provides care to anyone who has difficulty getting to a dentist. Those who show up for care (children and adults) and don’t have any medically- compromising condition that would prohibit them from receiving care are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
One goal of the WDA Mission of Mercy is to challenge patients, policymakers and dental professionals to work together to make viable and bipartisan “Healthy Choices” that will improve Wisconsin residents’ oral health.
A special invitation to tour MOM in Lake Geneva (Walworth County) in June 2013 was extended to state, local and national policymakers to help them see the human faces of Wisconsin’s dental access problem.
We’re pleased that many public officials and staff members visited and volunteered at MOM 2013 as patient ambassadors.
We extend our most sincere thanks to all who took time out of their schedules, rolled up their sleeves and helped us give brighter smiles to thousands of people.
Special thanks to these legislators, staffers and county representatives who toured the 2013 MOM clinic:
Here is what two of these public officials had to say about their MOM 2013 experience:
“Mission of Mercy is an eye-opening experience for me as a legislator. It’s gratifying to see dental professionals from all over the state pitch in to help, where help is really needed.”
-State Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-Fort Atkinson area)
“This is an excellent program, and it is amazing to see what this incredible group of dentists and volunteers can do in a few short days.”
– State Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva)
An important element of the Wisconsin MOM program is patient education. Education is the most cost-effective way to reduce oral disease. A special program helps educate patients about the importance of good daily oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and routine preventive dental care.
Beginning in 2014, individuals seeking care at WDA Mission of Mercy will have a mandatory visit to an enhanced patient education area. It will have a prominent place at the beginning of the process and will be staffed by a team of students and others dedicated to educating and encouraging patients to make changes in their lives to improve their oral health.
Patient education at MOM has three components – a questionnaire asking about at-risk behaviors, a poster area matched to each behavior and a brushing and flossing instruction area. The entire process will take patients no more than 15 minutes to complete.
They learn about the negative effects of soda, sugary beverages and tobacco products, the link between dental health and overall health, oral cancer and more. It’s a fact that personal oral health education ultimately saves money and time in the dentist office.
There are approximately 20 site-selection criteria, including:
For each WDA Mission of Mercy event, funds are needed to help cover dental equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food costs. For every $1 in hard-dollar donations we receive, WDA dentists and other MOM volunteers donate $6 – $8 of care.
If you or your organization would like to help us make a difference by making a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Vicki Bohman at email@example.com for more information or send your contribution to:
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2360
West Allis, WI 53214
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