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- 2,000 patient visits
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2013 WDA Mission of Mercy
Badger High School, Lake Geneva, Wis. (Walworth County)
In just two days:
- 1,224 volunteers, including 228 WDA dentists
- 2,072 patient visits
- $1.18 million in donated care
- 719 cleanings
- 1,450 fillings
- 1,846 extractions
- 32 root canals
- 100 partial dentures
1,977 patients receive $1.18 million in free dental care at WDA Mission of Mercy
WEST ALLIS, WIS., July 1, 2013 – An estimated $1.18 million in charitable dental care was provided to 1,977 children and adults during 2,072 patient visits at the fifth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy held June 28 and 29 at Walworth County’s Badger High School in Lake Geneva. Patients included 38 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
1,100 volunteers from 187 Wisconsin communities to provide $1 million in free dental care at fifth WDA Mission of Mercy
WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 17, 2013 – More than 1,100 volunteers from 187 Wisconsin communities will be in Walworth County on June 28 – 29 to provide $1 million in free dental care to an estimated 2,000 children and adults during the fifth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy.
WDA Mission of Mercy providing free dental care to Special Olympics athletes
WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 10, 2013 –The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation are again teaming up with Special Olympics Wisconsin to identify 50 athletes who will receive needed oral health care at the fifth Mission of Mercy being held June 28 and 29 in Walworth County.
WDA Mission of Mercy bringing free dental care to Walworth County
WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 3, 2013 –The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation will bring the fifth WDA Mission of Mercy to Walworth County on June 28 and 29 to provide free dental care to children and adults who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office.
U.S. Surgeon General recognizes oral health as an integral part of a person’s total health, with the dentist being the primary oral health care provider
Goals of the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation and WDA Mission of Mercy:
1. Provide free, critical dental care with a high priority on treating patients in pain and with infections.
2. Raise public awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children.
3. Challenge patients, policymakers and dental professionals to work together to make viable and bipartisan “Healthy Choices” that will improve Wisconsin residents’ oral health.
The fifth WDA Mission of Mercy will be held June 28 – 29, 2013 in Walworth County at Lake Geneva’s Badger High School Sports Complex, 220 E. South St. Set up is June 27 and clean up is June 30.
- 2013 marks the fifth MOM for the WDA. Thanks to incredible volunteer and donor support since 2009, we expect to exceed a cumulative 10,000 patient visits and $5.5 million in donated care with this year’s event.
- Walworth County was selected for 2013 due to tremendous need for oral health care in the south central area of the state. Lake Geneva with its many resources offered to host.
Goals for MOM 2013 include:
- Provide $1 million in charitable care and personal oral hygiene education during 2,000 patient visits.
- Care offered includes cleanings, fillings, extractions and partial dentures.
- Education is the most cost-effective way to reduce oral disease. WDA MOM patients learn about the importance of good daily oral hygiene practices, healthy diet and routine preventive dental care.
- Doors open at 5:30 a.m. There are no appointments. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is encouraged with the day’s patient quota often filled before noon. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- More than 1,000 volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, lab technicians, Marquette University School of Dentistry students and residents from across Wisconsin will help.
- More than 9,000 children and adults have received $4.6 million in care at WDA MOM events since 2009.
While we are unable to provide care to patients with medically compromising conditions (e.g., extremely high blood pressure, severe disabilities) at MOM, arrangements have been made to treat 50 pre-screened Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
Tax deductible financial donations and in-kind contributions may be made through the WDA Foundation to help cover $190,000 in costs for dental equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food at WDA MOM.
- For every $1 in financial and in-kind donations, MOM volunteers donate $6 – $8 in needed care.
- Major support in 2013 provided by Delta Dental Foundation, Henry Schein, Walmart Foundation and Walworth County, along with other organizations and individuals.
Dentists do serve their communities, but charity is not a sufficient health care system for meeting the needs of individuals with limited financial resources, including the 1 million (20 percent) Wisconsin residents who annually receive medical assistance.
- Of $7.1 billion state and federal governments spent on the Wisconsin Medicaid program in fiscal year 2011, less than 1 percent ($65.2 million) was spent on dentistry.
- State fee-for-service MA data shows $189.8 million in dental care was actually provided to enrollees. However, the state and federal governments paid just $65.2 million (34 percent) for the care patients received with participating dentists donating the balance of $124.6 million in services. The dental community donates more in care than is paid for by the state and federal governments combined.
Ensuring residents have proper dental care is important to our state economically and socially.
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 received we are able to provide $6 – $8 in needed care.
Dr. Thomas (Tom) Raimann, 2013 WDA Mission of Mercy state chair
Dr. Tom Raimann has a private, general dental practice in Hales Corners, Wis. and works part-time at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic on Milwaukee’s south side.
Dr. Raimann is chair of the fifth WDA Mission of Mercy being held this June 28 – 29 in Walworth County.
As vice chair of the MOM State Committee in 2011 and 2012, he headed up clinic operations at the Madison and Wausau events.
Dr. Raimann has represented the Greater Milwaukee Region on the WDA Board of Trustees since 2007 and is a member of that organization’s Executive Committee. He is a past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association.
His charitable dental care efforts include multiple years as chair of the area’s Head Start Dental Day and Give Kids A Smile® volunteer. In 2006, Dr. Raimann received the WDA Pyramid of Pride Community Outreach Award.
A graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, Dr. Raimann is chair of the Wisconsin Section of the American College of Dentists. He is also a fellow in the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Allison Dowd, 2013 WDA Mission of Mercy state vice chair
Dr. Allison Dowd is a resident of Middleton and pediatric dentist with Children’s Dental Center of Madison working in the group’s Fitchburg office. This multiple-dentist group practice sees a significant number of children enrolled in Wisconsin’s dental Medicaid and BadgerCare programs.
Dr. Dowd is vice chair of the fifth WDA Mission of Mercy being held this June 28 – 29 in Walworth County.
She chaired the Local MOM Committee in 2012 when the event was held in Madison. Prior to that, she headed up the pediatric dental section at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 WDA MOM events.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Dowd is chief of Pediatric Dentistry at the Max Pohle Dental Clinic at Meriter Hospital where she is involved in the education of dental residents. She serves on Dean Medical Clinic’s cleft lip and palate team, is a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and conducts a lecture series on dental treatment for children with special health care needs through the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.
A graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, Dr. Dowd earned her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and Dane County Dental Society. Dr. Dowd also is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Dillman, 2013 WDA Mission of Mercy state co-chair
Dr. Dillman is co-chair of this year’s WDA Mission of Mercy Local Committee. A volunteer at past events, he has been instrumental in bringing the fifth WDA MOM to the south central area of the state.
After earning his undergraduate degree at Marquette University, Dr. Dillman got a DDS from the University of Iowa. He then completed a two-year hospital residency program at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Dillman is a member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry. He is a past-president of the Burlington Dental Society and represented his local dental society in the WDA House of Delegates.
A key player in establishing a volunteer dental clinic for disabled individuals at Inspiration Ministries in Walworth, Wis., Dr. Dillman also serves on the Open Arms Clinic board. This organization provides medical care for the underserved.
He donates his time and skills as a doctor of oral health through several programs, including MOM, Dentistry from the Heart and Touched Twice, as well as mission trips to Honduras.
Mrs. Judy Johnson, 2013 WDA Mission of Mercy local co-chair
Her work as a board member and fundraising chair for the Open Arms Free Clinic helped her recognize the need for dental care for low-income children and adults throughout the south central area of the state.
A Williams Bay resident for 14 years, Mrs. Johnson has also been active in the Women’s Civic League, St. Benedict Catholic Church and other community organizations. She was named 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Mrs. Johnson and her family lived in Peoria, Ill. where she taught prekindergarten through third grade from 1980 – 1999. After retiring and moving to the Badger State, she worked part-time for eight years supervising early childhood and special education student teachers at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
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The WDA was established in 1870. With more than 3,000 members statewide, the WDA represents some 80 percent of all licensed dentists and a growing number of dental hygienists in Wisconsin – all choosing to belong to organized dentistry. WDA members are committed to promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care.
As the philanthropic arm of the Wisconsin Dental Association, the WDA Foundation is committed to making a difference by improving the oral health of Wisconsin residents through its support of projects that provide dental care for the disadvantaged while meeting the current and future needs of the dental profession.
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