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!
BMDC, 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.
Because 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.[rule]
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