Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation, RI Oral Health Foundation, RIOHF

 

About RIOHF

Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation

The Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation (RIOHF)
is a 501 (3)(c) organization that was established in 2011.

Our Mission
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 (RI MOM) 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.

Our Vision
Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation...

  • Trusts that RI can contribute to improving the oral health status of its residents through a variety of mechanisms.
     
  • Envisions that a RI MOM 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 health professionals.
     
  • 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.

Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation's Signature Event — Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RI MOM)

What is the RI MOM?
The RIMOM is a two-day FREE dental clinic is held once a year and provides free dental care to the uninsured, underinsured or anyone who cannot access dental care.

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.

Services include cleanings, fillings, x-rays, tooth extractions, root canal treatment on front teeth only, oral health instructions, small denture repairs and a limited number of partial dentures to replace missing front teeth. These are provided by licensed dental professional volunteers.

The clinic is staffed with over 250 dental & medical volunteers and over 200 community volunteers who graciously give their time, talent and clinical expertise to provide FREE dental services to deserving patients.

Our Needs:
We recognize that, as a foundation, we can't do it alone. Volunteers are essential to the success of the RI MOM.

    We wish to secure 500+ individual volunteers which will include dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, as well as dental and medical professionals, lab technicians and lay persons from across Rhode Island willing to donate their time and talents.

    We need the help of collaborating organizations, such as local dental societies, specialty groups, dental hygiene schools, local and statewide corporations, dental supply companies, and other charitable foundations.

We also recognize that, in addition to time donated by individuals and organizations, we need financial support.

    Financial donations and in-kind contributions may be made through the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation (RIOHF) to help cover our RIMOM 2020 program budget of $133,000 for dental equipment, instruments and materials, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food costs for this two-day free clinic. Contributions, no matter the amount, will make a difference in treating thousands of patients.

    RI MOM delivers, on average, $6 to $8 in critically-needed dental care for every donor dollar received.

    Donations may come in the form of funds, dental supplies, donated meals and/or snacks, a variety of other support items.

 

For more information or to discuss further opportunities for donations, please contact us at:
rioralhealthfoundation.mom@gmail.com


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