On February 10, 2018, more than 450 volunteers - including dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students and faculty, staff and residents from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as well as outside licensed providers, pre-dent and interprofessional students - helped 197 kids at Give Kids a Smile.
The annual volunteer-run event helps connect children in need to the health care system and to the U-M Dental Clinics as their dental home.
The Big Ten Network (BTN) visited the School of Dentistry in November 2017 and filmed aboard the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic as part of its video story about research, outreach projects and "cool things" happening on the University of Minnesota campus. The video was broadcast on-air and is posted on the BTN website.
The Mobile Dental Clinic, a successful collaboration between the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and UCare, serves underserved public program patients throughout Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Foundation's Legacy magazine recently featured the Mobile Dental Clinic and how a $1-million gift from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation helped get the mobile clinic back on the road. The story also includes a video taking viewers inside the Mobile Dental Clinic.
There were smiles – oh, and a few tears. But by day's end, 197 children were in good spirits after receiving free dental care at the University of Minnesota Dental Clinics on February 10. The student-organized Saturday clinic was part of Give Kids a Smile (GKAS).
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry will provide free services for children from low-income families who do not have access to dental care. Appointments are available on February 10, 2018 at Moos Tower on 515 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Angie Rake, an adjunct professor in the School of Dentistry and University of Minnesota alumna, was interviewed last week for an NBC special segment about ways providers are tackling the opioid epidemic and working towards sustainable solutions. In light of President Trump's national public health emergency declaration, the segment aired ahead of schedule: one snippet at 2 p.m. ET on MSNBC, with the full piece running at 3:45 p.m. ET on Ali Velshi's MSNBC show.
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is the first in the nation to mandate new guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers in its clinics. A New York Times article explores the School of Dentistry’s call to action and education to prevent opioid addiction. Faculty members Harold Tu, MD, DMD and Angie Rake, DMD, were quoted.
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