When the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic (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 many 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.
Every year, CTMOM reaches out to the Community Health Centers (CHC) throughout the state for assistance with this initiative. At the clinic, informational tables are 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 is mailed to all CTMOM patients who do 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 are enclosed.
Each year, CTMOM will focus additional attention on the geriatric, at-large special needs populations, and Veterans, while we continue our quest to facilitate the location of a dental home for all of our patients