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Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Terry McAuliffe visit NOVA-Medical Education Campus

Visits were part of Annual Mission of Mercy Project

U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visited the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College today, March 14, for the annual Mission of Mercy (MOM) Project. “MOM” is a partnership between NOVA and the Northern Virginia Dental Society, which provides free dental services to approximately 800 underserved residents of Northern Virginia.

Warner and McAuliffe visited throughout the day. They toured the facility; spoke with organizers, volunteers and patients, who waited in long lines to receive services.

A lot of people don’t have access to dental care, Warner said. “Many of our free clinics, for example, don’t have dental facilities. To see these folks who are going to get the kind of care they may only get once a year, I tell you, this is a place where you see a lot of good happening.”

Approximately 150 NOVA dental hygienist students work with community volunteers to provide services that include cleanings, extractions, fillings and prophylaxis. Appointments are filled by social service agencies.

The “MOM” project would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, Northern Virginia Dental Society, Northern Virginia Dental Hygienist Association, Virginia Commonwealth’s Dental School, Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and many other health and community organizations. The donated services are valued at more than a quarter of a million dollars. 

The two-day event is scheduled for Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. NOVA’s Medical Education Campus is located at 6699 Springfield Drive, Springfield, VA 22150.

Media Contact: Jessica Baxter | 703.323.3288 | jbaxter@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.