Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy (MOM) & Health Equity Festival
Saturday, Sept. 6 Update: The Mission of Mercy dental clinic has reached maximum capacity for patients seeking dental care. More than 1,000 patients will be served by this event (final numbers will be shared when available), and we regret having to turn away anyone in need of dental care. Please visit http://www.msda.com/mission-of-mercy.html for details on upcoming Mission of Mercy (MOM) free dental clinics in Maryland and https://www.adcfmom.org/Schedule.html for details on MOMs in other states.
The University of Maryland Terrapins' basketball court will transform into a mobile dental clinic on September 5 and 6, with 100 dental chairs to provide $1 million of free dental care to 1,000 underserved, uninsured, and underinsured adults. The dental clinic is part of the two-day Mission of Mercy (MOM) and Health Equity Festival, sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity (an NIHNIMHD Center of Excellence on Race, Ethnicity and Disparities Research) and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Approximately 800 volunteers, including licensed dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants, will provide state of the art dental services, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals and oral hygiene education. The Health Equity Festival will also offer the following additional services:
- Health promotion and disease prevention screenings
- Evidence-based chronic disease management information, and
- Social service resources.
- Choirs from UMD's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Department of Music will also perform live singing and music throughout the day to create gracious space designed to promote stress reduction and healing.
- 1,000 underserved, uninsured, and underinsured adults
- University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
- Maryland State Dental Association
- Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health
September 5-6, 2014, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
XFINITY (formerly Comcast) Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Since the death of Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy from Prince George's County who died in 2007
from an untreated dental infection, the state of Maryland has seen improvements in its oral health programs and
policies. But great need remains for dental services, especially for adults. The Maryland Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene reports that for 2012 almost 20 percent of Maryland residents surveyed had not visited a
dentist within the past five years and seven percent had not visited a dentist in more than five years.
While the Affordable Care Act provides dental coverage for children and for pregnant women in Maryland,
many adults still lack dental coverage. In Prince George's County, a vast number of these adults are low-income,
immigrants, African-American or Hispanic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS), although most oral diseases are preventable, many individuals do not seek dental services for reasons
such as: cost, lack of dental insurance, lack of access to dental services, fear of dental procedures or lack of
Maryland Center for Health Equity
School of Public Health
University of Maryland
3302E SPH Building #255
College Park, MD 20742-2611