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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic, Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota, with administrative and financial support from the School of Dentistry, began a dental care partnership with Portico Healthnet, a Saint Paul nonprofit health and human service organization.
More than 150 kids received free comprehensive dental care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry on Saturday, February 7, as part of Give Kids a Smile day.
The School of Dentistry has expanded its off-campus service-learning sites through a new strategic partnership with the East Side Family Dental Clinic in St. Paul. The move is sure to put smiles on faces, young and old.