JUNE 28, 2013
Greetings from Mission of Mercy #5!
This “breaking news” e-lert is coming to you from the floor of the fifth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy
being held this year in Walworth County. By the time this two-day event at Badger High School closes Saturday, roughly 2,000 people will have received about $1 million in charity care from more than 1,200 volunteers, including dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, Marquette University School of Dentistry students and community helpers.
A large number of people in Walworth County work in the service industry, often at minimum wage and without benefits. MOM is a moving, real-life illustration of the urgent need for Wisconsin to make “Healthy Choices
” to help remove barriers to oral health care for its citizens. If you’d like to tour this year's MOM, there’s still time – just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
WDA Director of Government Services
In Their Own Words:
Click to watch MOM patient and volunteer videos on YouTube!
Stories from patients and volunteers
Jake and Casey, Milwaukee
Jake and Casey from Milwaukee tell how MOM has helped their growing family.
Dr. Ned Murphy, Racine
Dr. Ned Murphy, a general dentist, tells why he's volunteered at all five MOMs and why it's not the dental care answer.
State Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-Fort Atkinson area)
"Mission of Mercy is an eye-opening experience for me as a legislator. It's gratifying to see dental professionals from all over the state pitch in to help, where help is really needed."
State Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva)
"This is an excellent program, and it is amazing to see what this incredible group of dentists and volunteers can do in a few short days."
What have you learned by visiting Mission of Mercy 2013
MOM Local Co-Chairs Dr. Bob Dillman and
Judy Johnson: Charity care helps, but it doesn’t solve the problem
2013 marks the fifth MOM for the WDA. Thanks to incredible volunteer and donor support since 2009, we expect to exceed a cumulative 10,000 patient visits and $5.5 million in donated care with this year’s event. MOM is one of the many ways dentists serve and make a difference
in the Badger State.
Large-scale charity care events, however, are very expensive, a huge administrative undertaking and simply an inefficient way to deliver dental care. While important, they are stop-gap measures. They help get people out of immediate dental pain and infection. They raise awareness about the importance of oral health to overall well-being and the need to prioritize dental care in our lives and our state. But, they are not a long-term, permanent solution to reducing barriers to oral health care in Wisconsin.
The WDA is committed to working with policy leaders to improve oral health – and overall health – in Wisconsin. That’s why WDA has identified positive, viable “Healthy Choices
” to expand access to oral health care for state residents. WDA members look forward to continuing to work cooperatively and on a bipartisan basis to make these “Healthy Choices” a reality and ensure every Wisconsinite receives the comprehensive dental care needed to live fulfilling lives.
Dr. Dillman is a general dentist who has served the Geneva Lakes community for 25 years. Mrs. Johnson, a Williams Bay resident, volunteered at the 2012 Mission of Mercy and returns this year as a local co-chair.
Mission of Mercy Walworth County – Day One