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Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival: Maryland Center for Health Equity

The Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival (MID-MD MOM) is a free adult dental clinic with wraparound healthcare services. More than 800 clinical volunteers, including licensed dental professionals and 500 general volunteers will provide a projected $1.1M of free dental care and thousands in health screenings over three days to more than 1,000 underserved, uninsured and underinsured adults. This event is a collaborative effort by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Maryland Center for Health Equity. Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington and the Maryland State Dental Association Foundation.

In addition to providing free dental services to adult patients in need, the event will also provide a number of health screenings and services, including blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks, flu shots, vision exams, HIV screenings and one-on-one consultations with attorneys, nutritionists and counselors.

The next MID-MD MOM will be held in 2022.

  • All adults 18 years of age and over are eligible for treatment.
  • All dental services will be provided by licensed dentists and hygienists.
  • All will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are no accommodations for children. Children are not allowed in the clinic. If you have children with you, you must have another responsible adult with you to care for your children.

Dental services include:

  • Preventive dentistry and cleaning
  • Restorative fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root canals
  • X-rays

Exhibitors will provide additional health services.  These will include:

  • Blood pressure readings
  • Diabetes screening (blood glucose readings)
  • Vision tests
  • HIV tests
  • Flu shots
  • Referral services
  • One-on-one talks with attorneys, counselors, and educators.

Additional Resources

Baltimore Mission of Mercy
1100 Wicomico Building, Baltimore, MD 

Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury, MD

Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy
X-finity Center, College Park, MD

Western Maryland Mission of Mercy
Allegany Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD

Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy
North Point High School, Waldorf, MD

ADA Mission of Mercy
Washington DC

Q. What is a “Mission of Mercy” (or MOM)?
Mission of Mercy is a gathering of volunteer dental professionals who, along with a volunteer staff of several hundred, hold free, two day dental clinics at locations around the country.

Q. What is a “Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival” or (MOM&HEF)?
The MOM&HEF provides all the same services as a typical MOM, but, it also includes additional health services, such as blood pressure, diabetes, and vision screening, flu shots, HIV tests, and education and counseling services.

Q. When did MOMs begin?
In July 2000, the Virginia Dental Health Foundation launched the first Mission of Mercy (MOM) Project. The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, in conjunction with the Virginia Dental Association and the Virginia Health Care Foundation, formed a partnership to provide dental care for the uninsured and underserved populations of Virginia. Since then, thousands of patients in a growing number of states have been served. Virginia and Texas run multiple events each year. Maryland is home to four MOM events hosted in Western Maryland, Mid-Maryland, Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland, with two occurring each year. Cumberland was the site for the first Maryland MOM in October 2010.

Q. What is the cost? 
There is no cost to the patient, no insurance form, nothing. It is free.
Q. Who pays for everything?
The dental organizations of the state where the event is held raise private donations to cover the entire cost of the event. Donations may come in the form of funds, supplies, donated meals and/or snacks, tables and chairs, badges, forms, and a variety of other support items. If you'd like to donate, see our donations page.

Q. What services are provided? 
The MOM event will offer cleanings, fillings, extractions, some oral surgery, root canals and oral hygiene education. Triage dentists will determine what services can be offered to the patient. We will also offer the following health services: cholesterol checks, vision exams, blood pressure reading, diabetes screening (blood glucose checks), HIV tests, nutritional counseling, and more.

Q. Who is eligible to be treated? 
Only ADULTS, 18 years old or older are eligible to be treated. There are no restrictions unless the patient can not be treated because of a medical reason. No children are permitted within the clinic and will be asked to leave the premises.

Q. Can I bring my children?
No.  Children are not allowed in the clinic.  If you bring your children, you must have another responsible adult to watch them while you receive care.

Q. Is transportation provided to patients?
No transportation will be provided to the clinic, however we encourage patients to use to help plan their trip to the Comcast/Xfinity Center. 

Q. What should I bring?
Nothing is required, however we encourage patients to bring some form of identification, their medical history, and any x-rays or medication they are currently taking. This will assist the doctors and dentists in assessing each patient.

Q. What if the patient needs pain medication or antibiotics? 
There is always a pharmacy at the event to dispense pain medications and antibiotics as prescribed by the treating dentist. There will be no narcotics on site.
Q. What if a patient needs additional treatment? 
To assure that all patients that require necessary follow-up treatment are cared for, arrangements may be made with local dentists to care for these individuals.  These follow-up services will only include necessary follow up from services provided at the event.  They will not include additional and/or non-emergency services. A list of additional dental resources will also be provided to patients at the event.

Q. Who can volunteer?
All adults ages 18 and older may volunteer for the event. You do not need special medical or dental training in order to volunteer.

Q. Can my group volunteer for the event?
Groups are welcome to participate in the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival. At this time, there is no group sign-up for volunteers. Each member of your group is asked to sign him/herself up as they must read and acknowledge the waiver during online volunteer registration.

Q. What are the volunteer needs?
Volunteers are needed to assist in every aspect of the event. “General Volunteers” help with tasks such as monitoring the patient line, patient check-in/out, volunteer check-in/out, patient escorts, hospitality, IT support, translators, etc. “Clinical Dental/Medical” volunteers (licensed professionals or students working towards a degree in dentistry or medicine) provide direct patient care: medical pre-screen, dental triage, x-rays, dental services and post-op.

Q. I want to volunteer but I don’t know which roles I am allowed to volunteer for.
Unless you are a licensed medical or dental professional, or are a student working towards a degree in a medical or dental field, you are considered a “General Volunteer.” Please select “General Volunteer” on your volunteer registration. 

If you are a licensed medical or dental professional, you may select “Clinical Dental/Medical” on your volunteer registration. Dental and medical professionals licensed in the state of Maryland must submit their license information during registration for verification. If you are licensed outside of the state of Maryland, you will need to submit an application for a temporary Maryland license. You will be provided this link during registration.  

Below are some general guidelines about who can serve in what capacity.

Dentists: Those with a dental degree and a current, unrestricted dental license may volunteer in the following areas: dental triage, hygiene, restorative, oral surgery, endodontics and post-op.

Hygienists: Those with a dental hygiene degree and a current, unrestricted dental hygienist license may volunteer in the following areas: hygiene, assisting, and radiology.

Dental Assistants: May assist in dental triage, hygiene, restorative, oral surgery, endodontics, radiology, and sterilization/supplies.

Students: Dental, dental hygienist, dental assistant, pharmacy and medical students may volunteer for various clinical and non-clinical volunteer work areas. Clinical roles include assisting in: medical pre-screen, hygiene, restorative, oral surgery, endodontics, radiology; sterilization/supplies; pharmacy; or post-op. Please check with your school about specific restrictions on which area(s) you may serve in.

Dental Equipment Maintenance: Individuals with appropriate training and experience are needed to set up, maintain, and tear down dental equipment.

LPN, RN, Nursing Students, Physician, Physician Assistants, and Nurse's Aid: May conduct a medical history and check blood pressure and blood glucose levels during the medical pre-screen.

Learn about the 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities »

Donations of any $ amount are accepted and appreciated!  You may also want to consider donating at the following sponsorship levels for name and logo recognition before and during the event. 

Your Sponsorship is tax-deductible  

Donate online or mail a check to:

Fabian Donate, Development Coordinator
School of Public Health, Dean’s Suite #2242V
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Please make checks payable to the “University of Maryland College Park Foundation” or “UMCPF”.
Write “MOM Fund” on the memo line of the check

For more information or to discuss in-kind donations, contact Fabian Donate at or 301-314-0775.

The success of the Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival depends on our volunteers.

  1. General Volunteers: This includes roles such as set up/break down and patient escort.  
  2. Data Collectors (separate registration process). Note: This role requires an additional training meeting.


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