Community Partnerships


Clinic with a Heart

The College of Dentistry partners with Clinic with a Heart to serve the uninsured and underinsured in the Lincoln community with hospitality, dignity and grace. In 2019, the College of Dentistry was presented with Clinic with a Heart's Community Partner award.

  • Oral health screenings are held on Tuesday nights in a six-chair clinic located at Clinic with a Heart. Faculty members volunteer their time and talents, helping around 20 patients per event.
  • A free extraction clinic is held on Wednesdays. Dental students, overseen by faculty members, perform around 12 extractions per event. 


Nebraska Mission of Mercy

The Nebraska Mission of Mercy (MOM) program provides care to the uninsured, the under-insured and anyone who otherwise has difficulty getting to a dentist. Families travel from remote areas of Nebraska and surrounding states to receive dental care.

The College of Dentistry is a major contributor to Nebraska MOM events each year. 

  • During each event, more than 60 volunteers from the UNMC College of Dentistry participate, including dental and dental hygiene students, faculty, residents, staff and alumni.
  • Around 1,300 patients are helped per event and more than $900,000 worth of free dental services are provided.


Special Olympics Special Smiles

The College of Dentistry partners with the Special Olympics Special Smiles program to provide free dental screenings to athletes ranging in ages from 10-69 at the Special Olympics Nebraska competition in Lincoln.

  • Around 50 athletes receive free screenings per event.
  • The interprofessional team of volunteers include College of Dentistry dental and dental hygiene students, dental and dental hygiene faculty, dental assistants and appointment clerks, as well as dentists and other volunteers from the community.