Iowa Mission of Mercy to host free dental clinic in Des Moines

Delly Bezoss
During a press conference on April 27, 2022, the Iowa Mission of Mercy announced an upcoming free dental clinic in Des Moines, which will be hosted Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. 

Pictured left to right: Zach Kouri of IMOM, Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell, Kevin Baker of IMOM, and Jeff Russell of Delta Dental of Iowa.

The last time the Iowa Dental Foundation’s annual free two-day dental clinic, known as the Iowa Mission of Mercy, hosted its clinic in Des Moines, the year was 2013.

About $1.3 million in dental care was provided at no cost to 1,475 patients, said Zach Kouri, president of the Iowa Dental Foundation and clinic chief of Iowa Mission of Mercy.

The foundation announced Wednesday during a news conference that the dental clinic is coming back to Des Moines in November. And this year, Kouri hopes to serve at least 1,800 patients $1.5 million in free dental care. 

“I think it’s going to be our best Iowa Mission of Mercy ever,” Kouri said.

When and where will the free dental clinic be held?

This year’s clinic will be hosted from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

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