ALOHA MEDICAL MISSION

Hawaii's Only No-Cost Dental Clinic & Global Surgical Missions!

aka AMM Free Dental Clinic   |   Honolulu, HI   |  www.alohamedicalmission.org

Mission

Bringing Hope and Improving the Lives of the People we Serve in Hawaii and Beyond. The organization's purpose is to deliver free medical care to the underserved, indigent peoples in Asia and the pacific islands through medical and surgical missions in Hawaii, the organization operates the only free dental clinic in the state, caring for many poor individuals

Ruling year info

1985

Principal Officer

Ms. Toni Muranaka

Main address

200 N Vineyard Blvd B-120

Honolulu, HI 96817 USA

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EIN

99-0234811

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Public Safety Benevolent Associations (M60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The free Dental Clinic provides oral exams, x-rays, fillings, cleanings, extractions, temporary restorative treatment, emergency care, and oral health education to those living in the City and County of Honolulu. About 30% of our residents are uninsured and with COVID 19 pandemic, more are unemployed and have no dental insurance. Our mission is to be the FREE "safety net" for the disadvantaged.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Welcome Smile

Supporting women who have been abused or incarcerated free dentures and treatment to enable them to reenter the workforce and community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AMM has met the deliverables listed in the contracts over the past 3 years; however, with shutdown due to COVID 19 in March 2020 the visit numbers fell but have slowly regained momentum so that we have provided 3,438 dental visits, a 4% increase, and treated 35 (97%) new Welcome Smile women. We have curtailed First Smile and outreach efforts due to the physical distancing mandate in effect.

“Access to comprehensive, quality health care services – including having insurance, local care options, and a usual source of care – is important for ensuring quality of life for everyone”, according to the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment by Kaiser Foundation Hospital. This report identified numerous Oahu residents dealing with financial stress, including food insecurity and housing costs (42% live in “cost-burdened” households), particularly during this widespread adversity.

Entry to needed care continues to intensify health disparities among the marginalized groups. Since the pandemic, Hawaii has the distinction of having the highest unemployment rate of 15% in the nation, which means no health insurance; thus, amplifying the gap in health inequalities. One of the strategies recommended in the Hawaii Oral Health: Key Findings Report of 2015 was to “continue to support and expand affordable and accessible preventive dental care services to Hawaii’s low-income population”. This is the very group that AMM continues to target today.

Public health interventions include 1) primary prevention, averting the onset of a dental problem, which AMM addresses through First Smile; 2) secondary prevention, providing early intervention through AMM’s basic dental services; and 3) tertiary prevention, decreasing the impact of a particular problem by providing temporary prosthetic treatment to women through Welcome Smile. By removing the obstacle to dental care, everyone has a "fair and just opportunity to be healthier".

In spite of COVID 19, there were 3,438 visits, an increase of 4%, since September 2019 versus 2,971 visits for all of 2019. Notable visit counts for 2020 (2,416) were in Districts II at 17.6% (425), VI at 17.3% (418), and I at 13.9% (335). Welcome Smile treated 35 new women since September 2019, which is 97% of the goal of 36 with an average cost of $1,776 per woman; and thereby, improving their chances of becoming productive citizens.

The HONOLULU DENTAL CLINIC since 1995 has provided free basic dental care, such as oral exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions, temporary restorative treatment, emergency care, and oral health education; thus, preventing oral disease, reducing emergency care for dental problems, and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations.

In addition, AMM has preserved the WELCOME SMILE program, a temporary restorative treatment for women who were abused or incarcerated; when feasible, will resume FIRST SMILE, an interactive oral health curriculum for children and youths and TEACH AND REACH, outreach attempts to increase public awareness of the free clinic and of dental disparities in Hawaii; and support EMERGEN-TEETH, discharge planning with Emergency Departments to refer patients with dental problems to the free clinic. These activities will serve all those living on Oahu, which includes all the Council Districts.

The grant will help us to sustain the services of our dedicated dental staff, ensuring that quality dental services are provided to the eligible. The goal is to is to be the last safety net for FREE basic dental care for the increasing number of at-risk population in Honolulu County.

AMM has successfully operated the free Dental Clinic for over 25 years, 5 years at the Institute for Human Services, 18 years at Palama Settlement, and in 2020, at the AUW Building on Vineyard Boulevard. The new facility seems to meet patient needs even with only 3 dental units; however, parking for patients and volunteers may become a problem in the future. In spite of funding limitations, staffing and volunteer shortages, and of course, the current catastrophe, we have prevailed in keeping this “safety net for free dental care” open throughout these upheavals.

Having the guidance of a Board of Directors, steadfast in their belief in the mission of the organization, is one of the keys to the fulfillment of the projected outcomes. The development of a Strategic Plan will assist AMM to evolve during these trying times; to streamline its operations; to assess the dental needs in the community; and to achieve financial strength.

With challenges continually occurring, such as adequate funds to support clinic staff, our personnel has shown their devotion to the patients they serve by ensuring that the clinic is open 5 days a week, by treating each and every patient with care and respect; and by providing quality dental services. Comments received from the satisfaction surveys have attested to these qualities.

Our Executive Director has demonstrated her ability to oversee the organization; collaborate with community groups so that they become stakeholders of AMM and what we offer; manage limited resources and staff efficiently; engage new partners at various meetings; and retain our cadre of volunteer dentists with an annual recognition dinner. She has also been successful in implementing fundraising events, such as the VIRTUAL EVENT – PARTNERS IN WINE held on November 14, 2020.

Our contracted accountant has helped us keep track of revenues and expenses and has been a great resource to the executive director and the grant writer, regarding budgets for grant opportunities. She has experience dealing with GIA contracts and is very proficient in doing the required documentation. The volunteer grant writer and manager has had the distinction of being one of the founders of the Honolulu Dental Clinic. Her belief in the need for a free Dental Clinic aids in uncovering funding opportunities and in the management of grants AMM has successfully been awarded.

Fiscal resources for the clinic have been a core of staunch investors, such as the Hawaii Dental Service Foundation and the City Grant-in-Aid, which have facilitated in bringing about financial steadiness annually to services that generate no income; thus, sustaining operations for the benefit of the underprivileged in Honolulu County.

Our community patrons have embraced AMM’s mission in Hawaii, have supported our cause, have utilized our services to assist their clients, and have given us positive feedback on how our services have impacted the lives of their clients.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ALOHA MEDICAL MISSION

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Christopher Letoto

HMSA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/20/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability