Special CTMOM Projects
CTMOM's Collaborative Efforts with Community Health Centers
When the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) began in 2008, its main focus was to provide free emergency dental care to those who could not afford to pay. In the years since the inception of the clinic, close to 15% of the patients who attended CTMOM have been repeats and in this year’s clinic alone, more than 1600 patients didn’t have any insurance and could not afford to pay for care. In our ongoing efforts to improve the program and to take CTMOM to the next level, we saw that we could meet a tremendous need by assisting our patients in finding a dental home.
This year, CTMOM reached out to the Community Health Centers (CHC) throughout the state for assistance with this initiative. At this year’s clinic, informational tables were set up throughout the clinic for CHC staff to assist patients in finding a dental and in many cases, a medical home. In addition, a post -clinic follow- up letter was mailed to all CTMOM patients who did not have insurance or a dental home, recommending they contact their local CHC to continue their commitment to their oral and overall health. For their convenience, informational pamphlets with CHC locations and hours of the centers were enclosed.
This coming year, CTMOM will focus additional attention on the geriatric and at-large special needs populations while we continue our quest to facilitate the location of a dental home for all of our patients.
Thank you to those who participated in our first annual CTMOM Bowl-a-thon fundraising event on October 13, 2012. With your help we were able to raise $36,745.