Patient Care

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.

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded the School of Dentistry an 18-month, $144,802 grant to improve access to and quality of oral health care for Minnesota's underserved, limited English proficiency population by developing oral health care providers' capability to work with trained interpreters.

Mobile Dental Clinic 1

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation (on behalf of the School of Dentistry) a grant of $1,000,000, payable over three years, to fund the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic.

Walker Dental Clinic opening day

LeadingAge National named the Walker Methodist Health Center Dental Clinic as the recipient of its 2016 Innovations Award. LeadingAge is the national organization of 6,000+ not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, including 38 state partners. The award will be presented in October at the organization's annual meeting.

Dr. Louis Sullivan visits the School of Dentistry

Dr. Louis B. Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visited the School of Dentistry on April 14 to meet with dental therapy students and educators and tour the school's team care clinic. The visit followed his testimony on April 13 before the North Dakota interim Health Services Committee about the importance of dental care and overall health, dentist workforce shortages in that state, and the licensure of dental therapists to enhance patient access to care.

2015 Angie's List Super Service Award

The University of Minnesota Dental Clinics have earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. The award marks the fourth time Angie's List honored the University of Minnesota Dental Clinics in the last five years.

Fairview DH

The Fairview Foundation teamed with dental hygiene students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to apply fluoride varnish on the teeth of 350 children and provide oral health education to families throughout the fall semester.

Gies 2016

The ADEAGies Foundation has named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, along with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, as recipients of its prestigious 2016 Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Public or Private Partner for their efforts to advance dental therapy education in Minnesota. The Foundation also named School of Dentistry Professor Mark Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D., as the 2016 recipient of the Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator.

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