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SEPT-OCT 2016

Pierre Fauchard Academy Humanitarian Projects

One of the most important functions of the PFA is service to our profession, our communities, and to society.  It is one of our reasons for being; it is helping others, giving back or paying it forward. Many sections organize or participate in service projects, which encourages involvement, strengthens the academy, and enhances the value of Fellowship.   

Objective #6 of our Academy says, “encourage improvement of the oral health of the public through prevention, therapy, and restoration.”  Objective #7 states: “encourage fellowship among the membership and emphasize understanding of our professional responsibility to the public.”  

By volunteering in our field, we combine our desire to Give Back with our Greatest Strength: Our Dental Skills.  We invite all our Fellows to find a project to become involved with.

Many of these projects have received PFA Foundation Grants. One of the benefits for involved Sections is that they can apply for PFA Foundation grants for worthy service projects.  Grants are awarded up to the following amounts: $5,000 for Pierre Fauchard Academy Section programs in which a significant number of Fellows participate; and $10,000 for service projects that provide increased access to dental care for the public in need. http://www.foundationpfa.org/grants.html

Here are some of the humanitarian projects PFA Fellows are involved in around the world:

MISSION of MERCY (MOM) Events

Mission of Mercy events across America have been providing free dental services for the underserved since 2000.
Each year, more state organizations have joined the effort to make a difference.
Mission of Mercy events have helped over 135,000 patients and provided nearly 76 million dollars in free services since 2000.  
 

The following states have a significant number of PFA Fellows participating in Mission of Mercy (MOM) projects: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Pennsylvannia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Wisconsin.


"Give Kids a Smile" Day events: Georgia, Nevada


Donated Dental Services (DDS): Louisianna, Rhode Island, Wisconsin


International Projects:

Australian Dental Rescue Days

Colorado Section Dental Mission to Panama

Colorado Section Dental Mission to Guatamala

Donate a Smile - Dental Relief Project:  Central Africa Republic

Southern California Section Smiles of Tecante, Mexico

 

 

Principle of Service

The Board of Trustees endorses the principle of service as one of the Academy's major functions.