The MDA has two foundations that serve the profession. Both have boards of dedicated members who enjoy giving back. Read on to learn about their recent activities and upcoming opportunities. Contact Foundation Director, Paul Roberts, with any questions or feedback.
Dental Well Being Foundation (DWBF)
Mission: To promote a healthy dental professional, dental team, and their families by providing education, resources and support.
Emphasis: Creating awareness and raising funds
Website: The big news is the launch of our new website! Bookmark us at www.modwbf.org. This site serves our new mission focus on wellness. Our vision is that it becomes a healthy, growing, interactive home for the dental community. We wanted the site to combine Wellness + Recovery as we strive to provide a total human health benefit for our members. You can find resources on a wide assortment of issues that impact your wellness. You can share what’s working for you and your office team. Be sure to tell us what you would like to see more of on the site. It’s designed to grow and adapt to your needs. We are listening and value your feedback!
Treatment: You also can find information about our well established and confidential Well Being Program. There are times when professional help is needed. Recovery is possible and program successes demonstrate that! Rebecca Mowen, our program administrator, is a wonderful resource and eager to assist you.
Support: Finally, the DWBF needs financial support to progress along its strategic path. The web allows a portal for personal donations. We are also developing sponsorship levels for larger opportunities. Please direct any suggestions our way.
MDA Foundation (MDAF)
Mission: Improving Missouri Smiles. Emphasis: Education, access to care and community collaborations.
Scholarship Program: In regard to education, the MDAF is pleased to announce the three recipients of its 2016-2017 Scholarship Program. Each student receives $5,000 toward tuition for the upcoming school year. Congratulations to Isaac Dains, UMKC 2017; Joshua Coffey, MOSDOH 2018; and, Megan Sparks, MOSDOH 2018. To see their photo and a brief bio on each click here.
MOMOM: In regard to access to care, the MDAF oversees the Missouri Mission of Mercy program. The big news is MOMOM registration opens May 1 at www.momom.org. The fifth installment of this unique free dental clinic for the underserved will take place at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence on August 12-13, 2016. It’s time to #showmeheart and volunteer for at least one shift to help us pull off this huge effort. Drs. Merle Nunemaker and Jeremy Bowen and the local leadership team have been working hard on their host duties and look forward to seeing you in August. Follow the web site and our social media channels for continual updates.
Grant Program: In regard to community collaborations, the MDAF funds a small grant program to assist grass root initiatives that promote oral health in Missouri. Since 2014, the MDAF has awarded 14 grants. The next cycle of applications is open through July 15, 2016 and recipients will be announced in October. If you wish to apply or share this opportunity with others, you can find guidelines and applications here.
The MDA Foundation is the charitable partner of the Missouri Dental Association working to create better oral health for Missourians through educational programs, access‐to‐care initiatives and community collaborations.The MDA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, improving Missouri Smiles since 1977. Donations to it are tax-deductible.