On June 3 and June 4, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh was buzzing. The buzz was coming from the hundreds of dental drills being used by more than 1,000 volunteer dental surgeons, hygienists, dental assistants and more at the annual MOM-n-PA free dental clinic.
Mission of Mercy in Pennsylvania hosted its annual mission, a free dental clinic, on those days. Registration opened at 5:30 a.m. Volunteers treated the first 1,000 patients to register each day with services such as cleanings, fillings, root canals, temporary partial dental appliances, extractions and oral hygiene instructions. This year’s mission provided nearly $850,000 in free dental services.
The first two-day mission took place in Philadelphia in 2013. Since then, MOM-n-PA has served 5,572 patients and has completed 18,291 procedures, a total that would equal $2,730,084 in donated dental care. Previous missions have been held in Allentown and Harrisburg, and the goal eventually is to tour the whole state.
Based on surveys of those who attended the clinics in 2013, 2014 and 2015, an average of 39.3 percent were having dental pain and an average of 47 percent had not had dental care in more than two years. These numbers show how important and how beneficial MOM-n-PA’s mission is to the community.
MOM-n-PA’s measureless volunteer service was recognized by the Pennsylvania secretary of health. In 2015, Dr. Karen Murphy awarded the mission a citation of honor from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Since the first MOM-n-PA dental clinic, Bravo Group has played a vital role in the organization of the event. Bravo has managed the media relations efforts for every clinic. In this role, Bravo is responsible for advancing media coverage, planning an opening news conference and being at the event to assist with any media representatives who show up.
MOM-n-PA steadily proves to be a momentous mission that will continue to help the community for many years to come.
Sophia Fox || Harrisburg Public Relations and Communications Intern