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Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through community outreach activities. 

Mobile Dental Clinic

The School of Dentistry has a strong commitment to community outreach, and our community oral health activities are an important part of both our education and service mission.

Outreach experiences provide an opportunity for dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the community and social responsibilities they will have as dental professionals.
  • Treat a diversity of patients with a variety of oral health care needs.
  • Enhance their clinical skills.
  • Participate in inter-professional learning experiences.
  • Involve students in community health promotion and service opportunities.
  • Promote dental career opportunities at schools surrounding greater Minnesota Outreach sites.
  • Senior level dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students provide dental services to patients, while supervised by School of Dentistry faculty.

A commitment to oral health for everyone

Outreach as a Requirement of Graduation

Community outreach experiences are a requirement of graduation for dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students. Students have several opportunities to fulfill this requirement with rotations to:

Community University Health Care Center (Minneapolis, MN)

Community University Health Care Center (Minneapolis, MN)

Community University Health Care Center 1

Community University Health Care Center 2Local Opportunity

CUHCC is located in south Minneapolis, less than a mile from downtown, and serves a very ethnically diverse neighborhood. The clinic provides dental, medical, and mental health services to a community with many underserved health care needs. The rotation at the CUHCC site allows the dental student to provide comprehensive care to a patient population with a wide variety of age, ethnicity and dental needs.

De Smet Dental Services (De Smet, SD)

De Smet Dental Services (De Smet, SD)

De Smet Dental Services 1

DeSmetDe Smet Dental Services is located within the De Smet Community Health Center. The new dental clinic opened in August, 2013. De Smet Dental Clinic offers digital intraoral panoramic x-rays, full family oral health services, including preventive care and restorative dentistry. Two students from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry will spend four weeks at De Smet Dental Services beginning September 2014 through collaboration with Horizon Health Care and the State of South Dakota. This is an outreach rotation designed to expose two students from the School of Dentistry to dental practice in rural South Dakota, while providing a valuable clinical experience for our students.

East Side Family Clinic (St. Paul, MN)

East Side Family Clinic (St. Paul, MN)

East Side Family Clinic 1

East Side Family Clinic 2On April 29, 2013, the East Side Family Clinic moved to a new building located at 895 East 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106.

The East Side Family Clinic is operated by West Side Community Health Services (WSCHS), which provides comprehensive health care and social services with bilingual/bicultural staff on a sliding fee scale. Services include primary, specialty, preventive, urgent care, complementary, pharmacy, dental, OB/GYN, mental health, social and wrap-around services such as child care, transportation and assistance with health plan enrollment. They are proud to serve over 35,000 patients each year.

WSCHS serves the diverse St. Paul metro area community -- particularly the Latino and Hmong populations, St. Paul public housing residents, people in the homeless population, and adolescents in a service area that includes a significant portion of the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County.

WSCHS strives to ensure that everyone has access to high quality, affordable health care, to actively engage patients in their own health care, and to respect the traditions of those we serve. They strive to improve the health of our region for the benefit of all.

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic (Hibbing, MN)

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic (Hibbing, MN)

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic 1

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic 2

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic 3Out of Area Opportunity

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic is located approximately 200 miles north of Minneapolis and is operated as a joint venture between the University of Minnesota and the Hibbing Community College (HCC). The clinic is operated in collaboration with the existing dental assisting program at HCC. The patient population is primarily the underserved families of St. Louis, Lake, Cook, and Carlton Counties. Dental students assigned to this clinic become familiar with the characteristics of a rural practice and develop an understanding of operating such a practice, as well as gain experience in developing comprehensive dental treatment plans. The experience requires students to report to Hibbing on Sunday, in order to start their experience on Monday morning. Housing is provided at HCC. Students also receive a meal allowance when their rotation is at least two weeks in length.

Dental Clinic Telephone Number: 218-263-2916 or 888-749-8108

Dental Clinic Address: 1515 East 25th St. Hibbing, MN 55746

Jerauld County Dental Clinic (Wessington Springs, SD)

Jerauld County Dental Clinic (Wessington Springs, SD)

Jerauld Clinic

Jerauld People

Jerauld County Dental Clinic in Wessington Springs, SD is a fully equipped dental clinic with five dental operatories. This clinic provides a full range of family oral health services including preventative care, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, and oral surgery. This dental clinic is staffed with one full-time dentist (graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry) and a full-time hygienist. Starting in fall 2016, two dental students from the School of Dentistry will spend four weeks at Jerauld County Dental Clinic. This outreach rotation is made possible through collaboration between the School of Dentistry, Horizon Health Care, Inc., and the State of South Dakota. This rotation is designed to expose our students to dental practice in rural South Dakota, while providing a valuable clinical experience.

Native American Community Clinic (Minneapolis, MN)

Native American Community Clinic (Minneapolis, MN)

Native American Community Clinic 1

Native American Community Clinic 2The Native American Community Clinic (NACC) is a non-profit Community Health Center/Federally Qualified Health Center that has been serving Native Americans and others in the Phillips neighborhood and Twin Cities metropolitan area since 2003. NACC’s mission is to promote wellness and health maintenance in Native American families, decrease health disparities in Native Americans in the metropolitan area, and provide care regardless of ability to pay. The dental clinic at the Native American Community Clinic will serve as a unique dental education training site for dental, dental hygiene and dental therapy students in their final year of training.

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic (Howard, SD)

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic (Howard, SD)

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic 1

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic 2

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic 3Prairie Winds Dental Clinic in Howard, South Dakota is a ten chair dental clinic owned by Horizon Health Care, a non-profit organization committed to providing health care to underserved patients throughout South Dakota. Two students from the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry will spend four weeks at Prairie Winds Dental Clinic beginning September, 2007 through a collaboration with Horizon Health Care and the State of South Dakota. This is an outreach rotation designed to expose two students from the School of Dentistry to dental practice in rural South Dakota, while providing a valuable clinical experience for our students. This outreach experience is a four week rotation to Prairie Winds Dental Clinic.

Rice Regional Dental Clinic (Willmar, MN)

Rice Regional Dental Clinic (Willmar, MN)

Rice Regional Dental Clinic 1

Rice Regional Dental Clinic 2

Rice Regional Dental Clinic 3Rice Memorial Hospital has constructed a ten chair dental clinic within their hospital. This clinic is designed to treat many of the underserved patients in a surrounding 17 county area. Dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry will provide care to patients in collaboration with Rice Hospital and the School of Dentistry. Most students who rotate to this Outreach site will spend four weeks treating patients, providing dental education, promoting dental careers and will be exposed to life and practice in greater Minnesota. This Outreach clinic will provide students valuable exposure to a diverse patient population.

School of Dentistry, Rice Memorial Hospital Partner for Success

In 2005, Rice Memorial Hospital approached the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for assistance in meeting the area's growing oral health needs.

 

 

 

Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic (Cook, MN)

Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic (Cook, MN)

Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic 1

Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic 2Cook, MN

This is a grant funded Outreach opportunity for two dental students during the summers of 2014 & 2015. This opportunity is targeted to those dental students interested in practicing in greater/northern MN.

Voluntary Outreach Opportunities

Voluntary Outreach Opportunities

Voluntary Outreach Opportunities 1

Voluntary Outreach Opportunities 2Union Gospel Mission - Volunteer Opportunity

The Union Gospel Mission clinic provides dental care services to an underserved population in St. Paul. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the year, dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students may opt to take advantage of this volunteer opportunity. Students may provide patient care or observe based on the level of clinical instruction they have received at the School of Dentistry. Students that have completed their Oral Surgery rotation are able to provide dental extractions.

Note: This opportunity does not fulfill mandatory outreach requirements

IHS/Tribal Outreach opportunities for dental students

The three-week August IHS/Tribal Outreach opportunity is a time when senior dental students may volunteer to participate in a IHS/Tribal Outreach opportunity. This experience provides the students with an opportunity to increase their confidence in providing clinical dental care, as well as experience the dynamics of clinical practice at an Indian Health Service/Tribal health care facility. The School of Dentistry collaborates with five Indian Health Service/Tribal sites, all of which are located in northern Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana.

Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribal Outreach opportunities (Dental Externships through the IHS) are School of Dentistry sanctioned experiences for fourth year dental students. Current third year dental students must NOT apply for an Indian Health Service (IHS) Dental Externship without the approval of the School of Dentistry Outreach office.

Cass Lake Hospital (Cass Lake, MN)

Cass Lake Hospital (Cass Lake, MN)

Cass Lake Hospital 1

Cass Lake

Cass Lake, MN

This new clinic provides nearly every phase of dentistry (except Orthodontics and Implants). The clinics primary focus has been oral surgery, Endodontics, and Pediatrics. The facility is located 13 miles west of Bemidji, MN where outdoor activities abound: biking, hiking, skiing (water & snow) hunting, and fishing.

Min-No-Aya-Win Health Center (Cloquet, MN)

Min-No-Aya-Win Health Center (Cloquet, MN)

Min-No-Aya-Win Health Center 1

Min-No-Aya-Win teamCloquet, MN

The Fond Du Lac Reservation lies in the scenic woods of northern Minnesota. The dental clinic is adjacent to downtown Cloquet, which is 22 miles from Duluth, MN. The dental clinic provides a full range of preventive oral care including periodontal, full and partial dentures, root canals, bleaching, oral surgery, and limited Orthodontics.

Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Hospital (Belcourt, ND)

Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Hospital (Belcourt, ND)

Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Hospital 1

Quentin N. Burdick teamBelcourt, N.D.

The Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care facility located in Belcourt, North Dakota, serves population of approximately 13,100, has 27 beds and 11 physicians (Inpatient and Outpatient). In addition to inpatient care, the hospital provides general surgery, podiatry, ENT surgery, obstetrics, and CAT scan. The outpatient department offers basic service and specialty clinics with contracted specialists. The dental program has a full clinic at the hospital. The dental clinic within the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility is a twelve chair dental clinic operated through the Indian Health Service.

Red Lake Hospital (Red Lake, MN)

Red Lake Hospital (Red Lake, MN)

Red Lake Hospital 1

Red Lake teamRed Lake, MN

The clinic is located among the heavily wooded rolling hills, lakes, swaps, and prairies 35 minutes north of Bemidji, Minnesota. Home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, it has the highest Native American population outside of Minneapolis. The clinic can provide a variety of dental procedures (except Orthodontics and Implants) primarily sees Oral Surgery, Endodontic, and Pediatric Dentistry patients.

White Earth (Ogema, MN)

White Earth (Ogema, MN)

White Earth 1

White Earth teamOgema, MN

Located 20 miles north of the resort town of Detroit Lakes, MN where fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling are a few of the recreational activities. The White Earth Health Center operates three dental clinics. The main clinic in Ogema is an ambulatory care facility with nine chairs. There are two satellite clinics, Naytahwaush, and Pinepint, MN each with 2 operatories and operated on a part-time bases. The clinics provide the full range of preventive dentistry.