Who volunteers at MDI?
We are fortunate to have a group of passionate volunteer dentists, assistants, hygienists, UW students, foreign trained dentists, and community members. There are also oral surgeon and endodontic specialists in the area who take referrals on our behalf.
Who do we care for?
A review of our data shows that 75% of our patients are at-or-below 100% of the Federal Poverty Line (e.g. a family of four with a combined annual salary of $24,300). MDI patients are all uninsured or have Medicaid / BadgerCare+. Individuals and families residing in Dane County must be at-or-below 200% of the FPL to qualify for care at MDI.
Why is MDI needed?
According to Dane County Public Health, in 2014, only 43% of Medicaid enrollees had access to dental care. This statistic does not account for the many poor and uninsured individuals also lacking dental services. MDI currently has a waiting list over 500 patients and growing. MDI also works closely with the local emergency departments and urgent care centers to provide needed care during MDI’s weekly emergency clinic, helping hundreds of individuals each year remove severe dental pain.
When is MDI open?
MDI has a weekly emergency clinic on Thursday’s from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. We also have several volunteer dentists who donate a morning or afternoon time M-F for more comprehensive dental services, and MDI is flexible about accommodating your availability.
How can I help?
Volunteering on-site or accepting referrals at your practice is the number one way to help. If unable to volunteer, then monetary donations or equipment/supply donations are always appreciated. It costs roughly $200 per patient and $850 each clinic.