Florida Non-Profit Entities Bring to Miami a Free Mobile Dental Clinic to Serve Florida's Lower Income Communities

Oct 18, 2011, 14:07 ET from Florida Baptist Convention Mobile Dental Ministry

MIAMI, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Baptist Convention Mobile Dental Ministry, a free mobile dental clinic, will be in Miami from October 17 to the 21st at La Primera Iglesia Bautista de Miami located at 1790 NE 2nd Ct. Miami, Fl.  The primary objective of this dental project is to provide free dental care to lower income communities in Miami Dade County, where according to the Department of Health, between 600,000 and 1 million people have no health insurance.

Enrique Escofet, DDS, a volunteer dentist from Miami, says: "This charitable mission, organized by the South Florida District Dental Association (SFDDA), Miami Rescue Mission, and Michael Daily from The Good News Care Center joined by volunteers from Baptist Health South Florida is always very grateful for the humble patients that sincerely appreciate the benefits of dental health." New Life Baptist Church of Carol City also organized a one-week dental project this month.

The organizations in charge are the Good News Care Center, a Florida City free clinic that receives its operating budget support from Baptist Health South Florida as well as several million dollars in value of clinical testing, hospitalization, pharmaceuticals, and other patient care from Baptist Health South Florida; The SFDDA, which provides qualified volunteer dentists, the Miami Baptist Association, the Florida Baptist Convention Mobile Dental Unit, and the Miami Rescue Mission.

Michael Daily, Good News Care Center CEO says: "The dental ministry combined with community health fairs served as the foundation for developing our free standing medical clinic, the Good News Care Center of Florida City." He adds:  "The joy of seeing persons set free from pain and suffering makes it all worthwhile. I am privileged to engage the churches of Miami Baptist Association and the Florida Baptist Convention in this ministry."

La Primera Iglesia Bautista de Miami "is the perfect setting to help others".  Located in the heart of Midtown, it was once a Catholic Church that served as sanctuary to refugees from World War 2. Later, it became First Spanish Baptist Church of Miami. Led by Reverend Arturo Salcedo, the church is looking to build its community by reaching out to all demographic groups and bring vitality to Miami's Midtown. This dental project is one way the church is trying to improve the lives of the needy in Miami.

SOURCE Florida Baptist Convention Mobile Dental Ministry