Rhode Island Mission of Mercy Returns: Two-Day Clinic to Provide Free Dental Care to Rhode Islanders in Need
Scheduled for Sept. 24 – 25; first Rhode Island Mission of Mercy clinic since 2019
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation, in partnership with Delta Dental of Rhode Island and Providence Community Health Centers, will host its Rhode Island Mission of Mercy dental clinic this September.
Rhode Island Mission of Mercy is a two-day clinic that provides free oral health services to Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents. Services provided at the clinic include routine cleanings, X-rays, fillings, root canal treatments on front teeth only and tooth extractions. All services will be provided free of charge by a team of more than 200 hundred dental and medical professionals across the state who have volunteered their time and expertise to the cause.
“The importance of high-quality, accessible oral healthcare on a person’s overall health and well-being cannot be overstated. Clinics like this help uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise traditionally hard-to-reach Rhode Islanders with access the care they need,” said Dr. Jeffrey Dodge, president and founder of the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation . “We look forward to a successful event.”
Premier sponsors for this year’s clinic are Delta Dental of Rhode Island and Providence Community Health Centers. The event, which is primarily funded through a grant from Delta Dental of Rhode Island, will be held from Saturday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, September 25 at the Providence Community Health Centers dental clinic, located at 335R Prairie Avenue in Providence. Individuals seeking care may begin to line up at 5 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Patients will be treated on a strict first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.
“In just two days, the Mission of Mercy clinic makes a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of Rhode Islanders. We are proud to support this incredible event, and are thrilled for its return this year,” said Joseph R. Perroni, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “We thank the board of Mission of Mercy, the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation, and the many dentists, medical professionals and community advocates who have volunteered their time to make this event possible.”
“We are excited to host this event, which provides needed dental services to the underserved,” said Merrill Thomas, President and CEO of Providence Community Health Centers. “Dental care can be hard to access for so many. Working alongside our partners and all the Mission of Mercy volunteers, we can ensure that hundreds of people are on the road to better dental health.”
When the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy was last held in 2019, the initiative helped more than 485 Rhode Islanders receive more than $380,000 worth of oral health care. The Mission of Mercy is actively seeking additional medical and non-medical volunteers for the clinic. Those interested in volunteering their time can sign up at www.rimom.org.