March 31, 2020 | Issue 10
IMOM Cancelled for 2020
Given the ongoing crisis, the Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) recently voted to cancel the 2020 Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM), a two-day, free oral healthcare clinic that was scheduled to take place on November 6-7 in Des Moines. Instead, the IDF Board voted to immediately donate all of IMOM’s PPE supply to hospitals and their front-line medical staff. While it was not an easy decision to cancel an event that provides much-needed free dental care to Iowans in need, ultimately, making this substantial PPE donation felt like the best way for the IDF to support Iowans in 2020.
 
The IDF thanks its generous supporters, including Patterson Dental, Henry Schein, and Benco Dental for partnering to make this large-scale donation possible. Planning has begun for the next IMOM scheduled for November 4-6, 2021 in Des Moines. For more information on IMOM, please visit   www.iowamom.org
Dentists May Need to Reapply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Dentists who previously applied for Economic Injury Disaster Loans prior to March 29 but who did not receive a Small Business Administration number are being asked to reapply for the loans as soon as possible using a new form

This new online form — which the SBA updated late March 29 — is more streamlined and requires far less documentation than the EIDL loan applications submitted prior to this update.

That’s because the ADA has learned that applications made after March 29 will include a box that applicants can check to request an emergency grant of up to $10,000, which the SBA must provide within three business days of the grant’s request. The SBA updated the form to streamline the application process for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This grant will not have to be repaid even if you are not approved for the loan,” according to a new fact sheet created by the ADA and Academy of Dental CPAs .

For applicants who submitted their applications before March 29 but did receive an SBA loan application number, the ADA and Academy of Dental CPAs are still determining the process they can use to request the grant.

The new SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan form can be accessed here .

The fact sheet can be accessed at ADA.org/SBAloansfactsheet .
On-Demand Webinars to Aid Offices Now Available
The ADA has several webinars now available on-demand for those who missed them previously or who would like to view them again for more information:
Donate PPE
The number of Iowa dentists donating the much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to county health departments, hospitals, care facilities, and fire/EMS departments continues to grow.

IDA continues to track the amount of PPE being donated by Iowa dentists. If you have not done so already, please contact IDA with a list of the items donated and the name of the facility donated to.

For those willing to donate, please complete the donation form.

Follow us on Facebook to view pictures that dentists have submitted delivering donations and be sure to tag us in your donation posts.

Pictured: Herky helped Drs. Don Peterson, Jr., and Paul Dominique deliver supplies from the Iowa Pediatric Dental Center in Iowa City to MercyOne Cedar Rapids and the UIHC.

Thank you to the dentists who have donated or volunteered to donate PPE:

  • Dr. Paul Dominique, Iowa City
  • Dr. Jessica Gradoville, Council Bluffs
  • Dr. Don Peterson, Jr., Iowa City
  • Dr. Jean Treder, Coralville
Latest Information from Governor Kim Reynolds
Governor Reynolds is currently conducting daily press conferences at 2:30 PM. Those press conferences may be viewed live on Facebook.

The governor issues daily press releases regarding the status of COVID-19's effect on Iowans. Click here to access the most recent press release.
Register to Serve in the Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers
Interested individuals are encouraged to register as a willing and able volunteer through the Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (i-SERV) – the Iowa Department of Public Health's secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large-scale disaster or public health emergency. Volunteers maintain the option to accept or decline any opportunity. Due to the Governor’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration, individuals who volunteer to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic are granted liability immunity for their service. Volunteering for this disaster response will not impact unemployment benefits for those who are receiving them as a result of their clinic temporarily shutting down.