Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival
A free dental clinic and health equity festival at the University of Maryland provided an estimated $1.5 million worth of dental care to more than 1,200 people from Sept. 5-6. Organized by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival raised awareness about the national dental crisis which leaves many adults without access to affordable, routine dental care to prevent the need for emergency services.
This time lapse video shows the set up and break down of the event, made possible by more than 1,600 volunteers from many organizations who undertook the huge, logistical challenge of turning the University of Maryland’s basketball arena (the XFINITY Center) into a temporary dental clinic, with 112 dental chairs and an x-ray center, along with a health equity festival providing free wraparound health services, including flu shots, eye exams, rapid HIV tests, pharmacy medications, and a wide array of patient education services. Dental clinic patients received services including cleanings, fillings, root canals and extractions; some patients received same-day crowns made by on-site milling units.