Mission of Mercy & Dental Lifeline Network
Thank you for your kindness and dedication to Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh.
While we unfortunately had to reschedule the 2020 event due to the challenges of COVID-19, we are pleased to tell you a little more about our partnership with Dental Lifeline Network (DLN). DLN is a volunteer network of dentists and labs that connects underserved patients with those dentists. While DLN has been delivering treatment to some of the most vulnerable among us since 1985, additional dentists are needed to help patients in the greater Pittsburgh area—and this is where your generosity will help us make this initiative a success.
Patients treated through DLN receive comprehensive dental treatment. The goal is to return the patients to a state of good oral health—and then maintain that health in an affordable way. We are also very aware of the fact that you have experienced financial consequences as a result of having to close your practices due to COVID-19. That is why MOMPGH will reimburse you for certain PPE costs as a way of expressing our gratitude for your volunteerism.
By becoming a volunteer, you agree to treat one patient per year in your office—although you are certainly welcome to treat more! The process is simple. After you have completed the application form the steps are as follows:
- Once you are signed up, you will be a part of the program and a coordinator will match you with a potential patient
- Dentists don’t pay for labs; the services and fabrications will either be donated by volunteers, or reimbursed by MOMPGH
- Patients also complete an application to be considered for the program, to determine their eligibility and the type of services they need
- Patient Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:
- Have a permanent disability, or
- Are elderly: age 65 or older, or
- Qualify as medically fragile, or
- Be a veteran
- A coordinator will connect your expertise with a patient’s need and will arrange an initial consultation. After the consultation, you can determine if there is a mutual fit for moving forward with treatment. The coordinator will then communicate next steps to the patient.
To sign up as a volunteer, please click: https://dentallifeline.org/our-volunteers/volunteer-now/
We view this partnership as an extension of the MOMPGH event—a way of making it possible to deliver care beyond the days of the clinic, throughout the course of the year. Please be assured it is by no means a replacement—we are already looking at dates for 2021, making it possible for us to continue serving thousands of patients.
Thank you again for being a MOMPGH volunteer—we could not serve the community without your help. We are profoundly grateful for your involvement, your talents and most of all your compassion. We look forward to your continued involvement both now and in 2021.
The Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh Planning Committee
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