Three years ago, DLN launched the Will You See ONE? campaign, asking volunteer dentists to see one patient in their office per year. While this large-scale recruitment effort has allowed us to expand our network significantly, there is still a long way to go before DLN can meet the need that exists for so many low income and permanently disabled, medically fragile, or elderly individuals.
There are over 10,000 individuals on the wait list to receive services from DLN’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program throughout the US. With the hope of reducing these lists, DLN has re-launched the Will You See ONE? campaign. The campaign asks that dentists volunteer to see one patient per year in their own dental office. A DDS coordinator will handle the initial contact with the patient, and will work closely with the dentist, lab, and patient to ensure that the process is as seamless for the volunteer as possible. The dentist then works with the patient directly to determine a treatment plan.
The campaign includes:
- A new radio Public Service Announcement featuring Dr. Gordon Christensen (listen below)
- Print Advertisements
Radio stations across the US have generously donated air time to DLN to spread the word about the campaign.
New DDS volunteers will join an extensive community of well-established dentists around the country, such as Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD. “When I became I dentist I learned how quickly poor oral health can lead to other serious health problems,” Dr. Christensen said. “I wanted to help, but I wasn’t sure how I could until I joined Dental Lifeline Network… I’m asking fellow dentists to join me in seeing one patient per year.”
To learn more about the campaign, click here.