2020 was a lost year for so many people and so many events and traditions all of us took for granted. The America’s Dentists Care Foundation (ADCF) is no exception. Since January 2020, our three 45-foot trailers have been parked at the loading dock of our warehouse in Wichita, KS. These vehicles used to be on the move each week bringing a 100 chair charitable dental clinic to all parts of the United States.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary halt to our operations and for the last 17 months we waited for the moment that is (finally) going to happen this month. Two states – Kansas and Florida are moving forward with their plans to host the first post-COVID Dental Mission of Mercy Events. In all, 10 states will be doing events in 2021, and many more coming back on line in 2022. ADCF is very excited to support our friends and colleagues and be sure we have a successful re-entry into this important public health component.
Our friends at KMOM are going first with their event happening July 23rd-24th in Wichita, KS. The following weekend, July 30th-31st, the Florida Dental Association FDA, will be having its 2021 FLMOM event in Jacksonville, FL Members of the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation will be attending both of these events to observe, help out and bring their “best practices” in a post-COVID world back to the AZMOM event. Attending will be CADSF Executive Director, Kevin Conroy, CADSF Past President and Founding Member Dr. Pat Rabot and his son (9-year volunteer) Christian Rabot.
Here in Arizona we are very excited to host our 9th Annual AZMOM event December 10th-11th at the Veteran’s Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds in Phoenix. We have received permission from Governor Ducey’s office to plan the event. Additionally, we recently sent out a survey of past volunteers and received an astounding 93% affirmation that folks will come out and support this important event. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us in terms of planning and getting AZMOM ready in such a compressed timeframe.
We are determined to make 2021 the best AZMOM ever and will need the help of everyone – in or out of Arizona to make it happen. Please follow azmom.org for updates as we begin to plan for 2021.
Kevin G. Conroy, Immediate Past President
America’s Dentists Care Foundation &
Executive Director – Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation