Patient Care

Give Kids a Smile

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).

Give Kids a Smile

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

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.

Opioid pill

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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Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc

The AHCA won't change dental care - under MN legislation, the poor already struggle to get care. Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, is quoted.

Stephen K. Shuman

With age comes a mouthful of trouble. Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, is quoted in The New York Times.

Native American Community Clinic Dental Clinic

The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation awarded a one-year $100,000 (renewal) grant to the Native American Community Clinic (NACC) Dental Clinic to increase access to oral health care for Native American children in the clinic's service area.

Give Kids a Smile
Nearly 400 students, staff and faculty volunteers were on-hand to welcome 143 children and their families to the School of Dentistry's Give Kids  a Smile (GKAS) event on February 4, 2017.   Now in its 13th year at the dental school, the student-organized event provides much-needed care for children who've had difficulty accessing dental services. It also connects these children and their familiaies with U-M Dental Clinics as a dental 'home' for ongoing oral health care needs.
 
Stephen Shuman

Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, an Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Dental Care and the Oral Health Services for Older Adults Graduate Program, and the Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis were recently honored with the 2016 Innovation Award from LeadingAge, the national association of more than 6,000 nonprofits representing the entire field of aging services and dedicated to expanding possibilities and advocacy for the aging.

Give Kids a Smile

Jeffery M. Karp, DDS, MS (Developmental/Surg Sci-Pediatric Dentistry) is a member of a three-person interdisciplinary team named by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® to participate in its new Clinical Scholars Program. The three-year national leadership program brings together 30 innovative clinicians from different fields/specialties to tackle complex health problems.

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