The goals of the Georgia Mission of Mercy project are:

  • PROVIDE free access to dental care for 2,000 low- and no-income adults while placing a high priority on patients suffering from dental infections or pain.
  • EDUCATE patients and family members in attendance about the importance of obtaining and maintaining optimal oral health.
  • RAISE AWARENESS of the increasing difficulty low-income Georgia adults face in accessing critical dental care.
  • CHALLENGE patients, policymakers, and dental professionals to work together to improve the oral health of those who have been promised care by the state.

An affirmative vote of the Georgia Dental Association House of Delegates established GMOM in January 2010. To appropriately conduct and raise funds for GMOM, the GDA also established the 501(c)(3) charitable organization Georgia Dental Association Foundation for Oral Health, with the GMOM program as its current sole project. The Foundation was created after an affirmative vote by the GDA House of Delegates in July 2010.

After the approval of the idea of a GMOM and the establishment of a Foundation, a GMOM Task Force of volunteers led by Co-Chairs Dr. Karyn Stockwell and Jonathan Dubin worked diligently to set up a network of GMOM “leads” or volunteer leaders, secure donations and in-kind funding, secure a treatment facility in Northwest Georgia for the initial GMOM event, and otherwise lay the groundwork for a successful charitable care effort. The first GMOM clinic took place in 2011. A second event was held in metro Atlanta in 2013. A third event is scheduled for June 18-20, 2015, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

The Foundation and Task Force works in concert with the America’s Dentists Care Foundation to conduct GMOM events. This Foundation, often called America's MOM or AMOM, was established in 2008 to make quality equipment available for MOM events. Each state that sponsors a MOM event joins AMOM for the purpose of acquiring, maintaining, and shipping the expensive dental equipment needed to host a state-run MOM event.