Since 2007, the Roanoke of Mission of Mercy (MOM) project has been providing free dental services to thousands of underserved adults at the Roanoke Civic Center. These adults are low-income, uninsured or under-insured, and are not eligible for existing safety net services in the Roanoke Valley. There has been strong support of the project by the Virginia Dental Association, Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry, Virginia Western Community College School of Dental Hygiene, and the local dental community as a whole. It has raised community awareness of the great need for access to affordable oral health services for these adults.
Despite the great success of the MOM, it is not a cost-effective, sustainable model of care. In addition, it is only offered once annually and often there is no other place for care the rest of the year. Roanoke MOM organizers have been working to identify a more affordable solution. In 2014, we will pilot “Mini-MOM’s”, a model that has been successful in the Roanoke medical community and led by Project Access of Roanoke Valley. We will continue to serve the adult population that we targeted with the Roanoke MOM. The Virginia Dental Association and the Virginia Western School of Dental Hygiene are in full support of our efforts.
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