Ben Massell Dental Clinic: Restoring Smiles, Restoring LIves [#BetterTogether]

TechBridge Blog   Angie Wynne   January 12, 2017   

Introducing TechBridge’s #BetterTogether campaign

Over the past 16 years TechBridge has had the privilege of working with amazing nonprofits. We are proud to have assisted so many organizations on the front lines of social change in our communities—alleviating homelessness, fighting poverty, helping kids do better in school, making sure seniors get proper meals, and so much more.

TechBridge provides technology solutions that build the capacity of nonprofits to achieve better results and to form community-based collaboratives that drive measurable and sustainable change. But even when our work with nonprofits is done, our relationship with them continues. Over the past few months we’ve checked in with several of these nonprofits, sitting down with them to talk about where they’ve been and where they’re going. Their stories are incredibly inspiring, and we want to share them with you.

 We created the #BetterTogether campaign so that we can showcase some of the important efforts of the nonprofits we’ve worked with. And because social change is a community effort you’ll also be hearing from us in the coming weeks about the generous sponsors, amazing technology partners and tireless volunteers and TechBridge staff who enable us to do the work that we do.

We feel that these stories exemplify the transformational work that can happen when organizations and individuals work hard—together—towards a common goal. We hope that hearing these stories is as inspirational to you as it is to us. We are, indeed, #bettertogether.

Ben Massell Dental Clinic: Restoring Smiles, Restoring Lives

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We had a great time catching up with Keith Kirshner at the state-of-the-art Ben Massell Dental Clinic last month. What a fabulous organization!

photo courtesy of benmasselldentalclinic.orgBMDC, which operates under the umbrella of Jewish Family & Career Services, is the only clinic in Atlanta that provides no-cost comprehensive, quality dentistry to metro Atlantans who can't afford care. 

BMDC's mission goes way beyond providing dental care. It focuses on the whole person. And that makes sense, because dental care affects the well-being of the whole person, too. Alleviating dental problems allows clients to sleep better, eat better, have better self esteem, and have a better chance of finding employment if they need it.

In addition to dentists, BDMC has social workers on staff and coordinates with other health care organizations like Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation (vision care) and Mercy Care Services (health care) to get clients the help they need even when it falls outside the scope of dentistry.

BMDC4-2.jpgBecause Ben Massell Clinic seeks to improve peoples' lives across the board, they want to be able to measure their success in a way that goes beyond number of root canals performed. In short, they need a way to put together data from hundreds of thousands of clients across time to create a more comprehensive image of the impact they're having on clients' lives.

TechBridge helped BMDC to track and measure patient outcomes such as improved oral health, improved pronunciation, improved comfort while eating, and alleviated pain. BMDC will then use the patient data to develop a framework that measures the effectiveness of their programs. The project is currently in the software development phase, and BMDC plans to go live in January 2017.

“TechBridge loved working with the Ben Massell Dental Clinic to demonstrate how improved oral health can maximize client self-sufficiency and quality of life.  These efforts are in support of JF&CS’ mission of making hope and opportunity happen,” says Karen Cramer, TechBridge’s Director of Impact.

JF&CS greatly appreciates that support, says Kirshner. “Karen and TechBridge did a tremendous job bringing real-world nonprofit experience to help make our vision a reality.”

TechBridge salutes the Ben Massell Dental Clinic for restoring smiles and saving lives. We are proud to have the opportunity to help them do it. We're #BetterTogether.

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