Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation
The Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation (RIOHF)
is a 501 (3)(c) organization that was established in 2011.
- The RIOHF will provide funding and resources to improve oral health in the state of Rhode Island.
- To convene a yearly signature event, the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RIMOM) that will provide an opportunity for oral health professionals to address unmet oral health needs in RI through
advocacy, education, and the delivery of high quality dental services.
- RIOHF trusts that RI can contribute to improving the oral health status of its residents through a variety of mechanisms.
- Envisions that a RIMOM event will be conducted annually to reveal not only unmet Oral Health need among Rhode Islanders, but also to exemplify the dedication and community responsiveness of oral
- Believes that through service & education, oral disease among underserved Rhode Islanders can be better understood, managed, and prevented thereby reducing future dental & medical expenses
and improving quality of life.
2013 Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RIMOM)
Free Dental Clinic
On the weekend of June 1-2, 2013 the Community College of Rhode Island's Dental Hygiene
clinic at the Lincoln campus, will be transformed into a large-scale dental clinic with more than 25 dental chairs. The clinic is a fully equipped dental center, with digital radiography, a
sterilization center, and electronic dental records. In addition, mobile dental equipment will be utilized for care services.
- The RIMOM clinic is staffed by professional and community volunteers. There is no charge to patients who receive treatment and all the dentists and other providers
donate their expertise and pay their own expenses.
- The RIMOM goal is to provide free dental services to 900 patients. These services are available to the uninsured, the underinsured and anyone who otherwise has difficulty
getting to a dentist. At the clinic, patients will initially undergo a health and dental evaluation, and will then be provided with treatment on a first-come, first-served basis,
based on their oral health needs.
- The RIMOM program is intended to help people in pain or with oral health problems that can lead to more serious health issues.
*Please note - RIMOM is only a stopgap measure for people with nowhere else to turn for dental care. It is not a health care program.
TO RI MOM
CCRI1762 Louisquisset Pike
Total Patients Served: 800+
Cities/Towns Represented: 76
Total Procedures: 1807+
Total X-rays: 372
Total Value of Donated Care:
Number of Volunteers: 654
276 community volunteers
160 dental assistants
60 dental hygienists
25 other professionals
(pharmacists, pharmacy technicians,
dental technicians, etc.)
A heartfelt thanks to the over
650 professional and community volunteers who volunteered their time, talent, and clinical expertise to make the 2012 inaugural RIMOM free dental clinic the success it was. We could not
have done it without you!