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NCMOM Dental Clinic April 1 & 2, 2016

Post Date:03/02/2016
The North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM)portable free dental program is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Health Fund, supported by local communities. Its mission is to provide free dental services to those in financial need with few or no other options. 

NCMOM sets up a full service dental clinic complete with panoramic digital x-rays, sterilization equipment, instrumentation and all other dental supplies as well as assists in recruiting professional volunteers (dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants). 

Each local community host is responsible for providing a location for the event, recruiting local volunteers, and coordinating all of the details to ensure the clinic runs smoothly. 

Coordinating these details includes but is not limited to feeding hundreds of volunteers breakfast and lunch, directing parking, securing necessary equipment such as a generator and compressor, and marketing the event to potential patients. 

Dare County's event – one of the largest in the state with 80 dental procedure chairs – takes nearly 200 local volunteers and over 100 professional volunteers as well as local churches and businesses donating their time, talents, and resources to ensure its success. 

Our Project Overview

The 2016 NCMOM Dental Clinic will provide eligible patients with cleanings, fillings, and/or extractions. Last year, services were enhanced and the clinic provided partial dentures to patients that had teeth pulled. This year marks the seventh year of hosting this event, and each year we have been building off the previous year's success. The coordination of the local responsibilities of the host site is managed by a volunteer steering committee which meets monthly. 

Why We Need Your Support

NCMOM has experienced funding challenges with the economy, and as a result, each local host community is required to offset the cost by raising one-half of the clinic's expenses. Our steering committee has been tasked with raising a total of $40,000 for this year's clinic. In addition to offsetting NCMOM's costs, the clinic requires about $30,000 of additional and in-kind donations. Some of the physical needs of our clinic include, such as volunteers, non-clinical supplies such as toilet paper and plastic for the gym floor, power equipment such as a generator and air compressor, and food for our volunteers 

Our Numbers

On average, for every dollar spent we have a return of $13.97 in services. In 2014 each patient received an average of approximately $670.00 worth of services. Our goal for the 2016 clinic is to serve 700 patients and provide $425,000 in services. We will provide an 80 chair clinic and have an on site lab to provide partials. 
table of years, number of Patients and $ services

Our Community Benefit

The 2009-2014 Dare County NCMOM clinics assisted 4,118 patients and provided dental services valued at over $2,286,530. 

Our community embraces this event; we have a total of 250 local volunteers, donating more than 2300 hours of time. 

Each year that we have hosted the clinic, people have "camped out" overnight in order to guarantee their place in line, and sadly, some years we have been unable to serve everyone. 

Why We Believe in This Mission

Numerous recent scientific studies indicate associations between oral health and a variety of general health conditions – including diabetes and heart disease. 

In response to these findings, the World Health Organization has integrated oral health into its chronic disease prevention efforts "as the risks to health are linked." Yet, in North Carolina, more than a million adults have no medical or dental insurance and no access to health care. 

Everyone who enters the door is touched by the acts of giving that occur during our two day clinic. Our volunteers leave feeling empowered. One of our patients said she was "Thanking God for you angels of mercy." Another commented, "Wonderful, amazing, humbling--GREAT." 

Thank you for your assistance in assuring we are able to continue to provide this service to the members of our community. 

Our Local Steering Committee

  • Sheila Davies • MedAccess Partners • Dare County Health & Human Services
  • Jennifer McNinch • Sentara Kitty Hawk
  • Bonnie Drewery • Dare County Health & Human Services
  • Laura Willingham • Dare County Health & Human Services
  • Gail Hutchison • Dare County Sheriff's Office
  • Janet Jarrett • Albemarle Hospital Foundation
  • Tess Judge • Dare County Community Member
  • Brandi Rheubottom • Dare County Older Adult Services
  • Bronwyn Thornton • Dare County Community Member
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