Wisconsin Dentists Provide Care to Underserved during Mission of Mercy
July 17, 2014
Wisconsin dentists recently provided care to 1,753 underserved people during the state’s two-day Mission of Mercy in Green Bay.
More than 1,200 volunteers – including 217 dentists – participated in the state’s sixth Mission of Mercy, providing approximately $1.3 million in donated care, according to the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA). The event was held June 27-28 at a convention center.
Patients included 31 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
“Many Wisconsin residents continue to face barriers to dental care, which is why the WDA has joined the American Dental Association in Action for Dental Health activities like Mission of Mercy," said WDA President Dr. Julio Rodriguez, a general dentist from Brodhead.
Since 2009, more than 13,000 children and adults have received approximately $7.1 million in care at WDA Missions of Mercy.
"Dental professionals are proud to be of service, but charity care is not the solution,” Dr. Rodriguez added. “The WDA stands ready to assist state lawmakers in developing and implementing policies that reduce barriers to dental care for Badger State residents of all ages."
Major financial and in-kind support was provided by Cornerstone Foundation, Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund, Henry Schein Dental and Walmart Foundation. Delta Dental, Henry Schein and Kwik Trip have supported all six WDA MOM programs.