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December 13, 2017

 

Medica Foundation Boosts Funding to Provide Dental Care for Children in Rochester

Community Dental Care receives $25,000 grant from the Medica Foundation to improve oral health outcomes in children.

 

ROCHESTER, MN.—The Medica Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Community Dental Care, a Minnesota nonprofit safety net dental clinic. With its newest expansion in Rochester, the funding will support the clinic’s Program to Improve Community Oral Health (PICOH). PICOH provides oral health education, risk assessment, and preventive services for diverse, low-income children and pregnant women through in-clinic, outreach, school-based sealant, and the Minnesota Cavity Free Kids pilot program. PICOH is grounded in evidence-based practices and has received national recognition. In 2012, PICOH was chosen by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and ICF International as one of 12 promising models nationwide that increase oral health access for children. In the spring of 2017, PICOH and Community Dental Care received the 2017 Henry Schein Cares Gold Medal Award (top award in the nation) for demonstrating excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved in the field of oral health.

PICOH served 14,013 children, 1,399 parents, and 304 pregnant women throughout the Twin Cities Metro in 2016. Grant funding from the Medica Foundation will increase the number of children and pregnant women served through the program at the Rochester facility, serving the Southeastern region of Minnesota.  

“We are incredibly grateful to the Medica Foundation for their generosity in supporting early dental disease prevention for infants, toddlers, and pregnant mothers,” Dr. Vacharee Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of Community Dental Care, stated. “It is our deepest desire for every child born to be cavity free. With the help of the parents, the providers, and the community, we can achieve this goal together,” stated Dr. Peterson.

“We understand that oral health is an important part of overall health,” said JoAnn Birkholz, director of the Medica Foundation.  “The Medica Foundation is delighted to provide funding to this important initiative that improves access to quality dental care.”

The Medica Foundation gave about $1.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Medica’s service area that in 2017 will serve about 168,000 people.

The funding priorities for the Medica Foundation include behavioral health, early childhood health and general health improvement. In regional and rural communities, the Medica Foundation also focused on nonprofit core mission support.

More information about grants in these areas is available on the Medica Foundation website.

About Community Dental Care

Community Dental Care is one of the largest nonprofit dental clinics in Minnesota and is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as one of six successful models statewide providing general dental services for underserved communities. Their mission is to provide culturally sensitive community oral health care, preventive education and professional training, and to advocate for access to all. Their vision is that all people will have access to high quality, affordable dental care to improve their overall health in a convenient, caring, and respectful environment. Founded by Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson, the clinic was for-profit for 22 years before incorporating as a nonprofit in 2004. Today, they operate three clinics in St. Paul, Maplewood and Robbinsdale, and two clinics in Rochester. By year-end 2017, they will serve over 52,500 individual patients, with 91 percent low income and 48 percent children. 

About the Medica Foundation

The Medica Foundation is a non-profit, charitable grant-making foundation. It is an affiliate of Medica Health Plans, a Minnesota-based nonprofit HMO. The Medica Foundation seeks to fund community-based programs and initiatives that can provide sustainable, measurable improvements in the availability, access and quality of healthcare.   Email: foundation@medica.com; Phone: 952-992-2060.

About Medica

Medica (www.medica.com) is a health services company headquartered in Minneapolis and active in the Upper Midwest. With approximately 1.7 million members, the non-profit company provides health care coverage in the employer, individual, Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Part D markets in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Medica also offers national network coverage to employers who also have employees outside the Medica regional network.

Medica’s vision is to become the community’s health plan of choice, trusted for its integrity, respected for its service, and admired for its commitment to innovation and efficiency.

Media contacts:

Crystal Yang, Community Dental Care

651-925-8410

CrystalYang@cdentc.org

Greg Bury, Medica Foundation

952-992-8437

Greg.bury@medica.com

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November 28, 2017

Community Dental Care announces new CEO

Safety net dental clinic selects new CEO to succeed founder

SAINT PAUL, MN. – Community Dental Care announced today that has selected Karen Kleinhans as the organization's next chief executive officer. Ms. Kleinhans, who has extensive background in healthcare, and most recently held the position of Vice President of Corporate Development for Fresenius Medical Care North America, will succeed Dr. Vacharee Peterson, the nonprofit’s founder and current CEO, on January 8, 2018.

The selection of Ms. Kleinhans was the result of an extensive search by the Community Dental Care Board of Directors, led by its Board Chair, Cedric Long, and facilitated by a team from CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, a professional services firm in Minneapolis. The search process included an initial pool of almost 300 candidates. After careful consideration, a small group of individuals were chosen to interview with a search committee, and narrowed to two excellent candidates who were interviewed by management staff and the entire board. 

“We are extremely pleased that Ms. Kleinhans has agreed to lead our clinic into the future,” stated Long. “She has demonstrated her leadership abilities in the healthcare industry through her successful career and shares our passion for serving underserved people.”

“I am honored to be selected to carry forward Community Dental Care’s mission to provide high quality, culturally sensitive dental care, preventive education, professional training and advocacy for access for all,” said Ms. Kleinhans.

Ms. Kleinhans has an extensive background in health care administration and not-for-profit leadership. With over 20 years of experience in health care, including roles in strategy and business development, ambulatory and hospital operations and physician practice management, she offers Community Dental Care seasoned leadership with a broad perspective. She has held various management positions in healthcare with Allina Hospitals and Clinics and Fairview Health Services and has provided consulting services to health care and non-profit organizations in the areas of operations improvement, strategic planning, program management, and program and organization design. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Masters in Health Administration and Health Care Management from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  

Currently, Ms. Kleinhans serves as a volunteer board member for Volunteers of America, and is a member of a number of community organizations. A resident of Southwest Minneapolis, she has two high school aged children.

Dr. Vacharee Peterson, who has led Community Dental Care through multiple expansions and enormous growth over the past 35 years, made the decision to transition into semi-retirement over a year ago, giving the board ample time to search for a new CEO. She will “retire” in January to a part-time position as a dentist with Community Dental Care, focusing primarily on serving young children, and intends to enjoy more time with her grandchildren. “I am very excited that Ms. Kleinhans was selected as the new CEO,” she stated. “I am totally confident in her ability to sustain and further expand on our mission, vision, strategies and the strong platform built by our Community Dental Care team and led by our wise board. We are indeed honored that she has accepted the position.”

About Community Dental Care

Community Dental Care is one of the largest nonprofit dental clinics in Minnesota and is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as one of six successful models statewide providing general dental services for underserved communities. Their mission is to provide culturally sensitive community oral health care, preventive education and professional training, and to advocate for access to all. Their vision is that all people will have access to high quality, affordable dental care to improve their overall health in a convenient, caring, and respectful environment. Founded by Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson, the clinic was for-profit for 22 years before incorporating as a nonprofit in 2004. Today, they operate three clinics in St. Paul, Maplewood and Robbinsdale, and two clinics in Rochester. By year-end 2017, they will serve over 52,500 individual patients, with 91 percent low income and 48 percent children. 

Media contact:

Crystal Yang, Community Dental Care

Office: 651-925-8410

CrystalYang@cdentc.org

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October 26, 2017

Dental clinic for Rochester-area families in need celebrates grand opening

New community clinic to serve Southeastern region of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MINN. – Community Dental Care cut the ribbon on its new clinic in Rochester last week, expanding access to oral health services for more than 10,000 Southeastern Minnesota children and adults in need.

Located on 2120 US Highway 14 East in Rochester, the clinic broke ground last September after receiving a $1 million donation from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, with the mission of providing comprehensive, community-based oral health care for all. It unofficially opened this August, and provided care for 58 patients its first day of operation. Since August, the clinic has seen more than 1,200 patients – 95 percent of whom are on public programs or uninsured, 35 percent were children, 14 percent were emergency situations, and 42 percent were new patients. Since the clinic has opened, patient wait time has tremendously decreased, a trend the clinic hopes to continue.

“It has been a journey, and we still have five more dental patient rooms to equip, but we are almost there. I thank all of you who helped us make this clinic possible. I want to make this pledge to you, the Rochester community, that we will serve our patients with compassion and care—and give them the very best dental care possible,” said Dr. Vacharee Peterson, CEO of Community Dental Care.

When all 18 patient rooms are equipped and fully staffed, the clinic will provide oral health services for 10,000 patients annually, with an estimated 30,000 annual dental appointments. The clinic will be the headquarters for oral health services and community oral health programs throughout Southeast Minnesota.

In addition to general dental services, Community Dental Care will offer their nationally recognized community-based preventive education programs for children and parents, training for dental professional students, and will create 35 new, full-time professional jobs for local residents.

Community Dental Care’s first location at the Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) Heintz Center remains open with six dental patient rooms and continues to take new appointments.

“We are so happy to support this project, which will create jobs, bring accessible dental care to an area of the state that has demonstrated a significant need, and to do so with a partner who has a proven record of meeting those needs,” said Joe Lally, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. “We know that oral health is key to overall health, and we believe that every single person deserves a healthy smile. This new clinic will make a substantial impact for thousands of Minnesotans who otherwise would not have access to dental care.”

On October 20, community members, elected officials, funders and local organizations gathered to celebrate the clinic’s grand opening. Participants included: 

  • State Representative Nels Pierson (26B)
  • State Senator Dave Senjem (25)
  • Mr. Joseph Lally, Executive Director, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation
  • Mr. Don Supalla, Executive Director of the Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges (GRAUC) and member of Community Dental Care’s Rochester Advisory Council
  • Mr. Lue Her, Otto Bremer Trust
  • Ms. Noor Edward, a patient of Community Dental Care
  • Mr. Cedric Long, Board Chair of Community Dental Care
  • Dr. Vacharee Peterson, CEO of Community Dental Care

About Community Dental Care

Community Dental Care is one of the largest nonprofit dental clinics in Minnesota and is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as one of six successful models statewide providing dental services for underserved communities. Their mission is to provide culturally sensitive community oral health care, preventive education and professional training, and to advocate for access to all. Their vision is that all people will have access to high quality, affordable dental care to improve their overall health in a convenient, caring, and respectful environment. Founded by Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson, the clinic was for-profit for 22 years before incorporating as a nonprofit in 2004. Today, they operate five clinics in St. Paul, Maplewood, Robbinsdale, and Rochester. In 2016, they provided care for more than 46,000 individual patients. Of these, 91% were low-income and 47% were children. 

About Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation

In 2009, Delta Dental of Minnesota’s parent sold a company and used 100 percent of the proceeds to fund Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. The foundation supports Delta Dental of Minnesota’s mission of improving the health of Minnesotans through oral health. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation expands access to dental care for Minnesota’s underserved populations across the state by investing in programs and organizations that provide dental care to people in need. Since 2011, the foundation invested more than $25 million in grants to nearly 70 programs and organizations that provide care and promote oral health.

Media contacts:

Crystal Yang, Community Dental Care

Office: 651-925-8410

CrystalYang@cdentc.org

Clarise Tushie-Lessard, Delta Dental of Minnesota

Office: 612-224-3341

Cell: 612-437-7191

ctushie-lessard@deltadentalmn.org

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MELVILLE, N.Y., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced today that Community Dental Care—a Maplewood, Minnesota-based humanitarian organization—has been awarded the gold medal in the Oral Health category of the second annual Henry Schein Cares Medal program.

The program honors organizations that demonstrate excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, presented Community Dental Care with the gold medal at the company's national dental sales meeting yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Henry Schein, Inc. has awarded its Henry Schein Cares Medals in the Dental category. L-R: Gerard Meuchner, Chairman and CEO Stanley M. Bergman, and Tim Sullivan of Henry Schein; Ann Copeland and Dr. Vacharee Peterson of gold medalist Community Dental Care; Dr. Thomas Underwood and Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi of silver medalist Interfaith Dental Clinic of Nashville; Melissa Boughman and Dr. William Donigan of bronze medalist Gaston Family Health Services; and Henry Schein’s Jim Breslawski.

Community Dental Care was recognized for its commitment to ensuring that everyone has equal access to high-quality dental care in a convenient, caring, and respectful environment. It fulfills this mission through clinical services, preventive oral health education programs, advocacy, and the training of dental, medical, and community health professionals.

An independent panel of judges selected Community Dental Care as this year's gold medalist from a field that also included silver medalist Interfaith Dental Clinic of Nashville of Nashville, Tennessee, and bronze medalist Gaston Family Health Services of Gastonia, North Carolina. Each medalist receives a cash award in the following amounts: $15,000 for gold, $10,000 for silver, and $5,000 for bronze, through the support of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. In addition to the cash awards, each medalist receives $10,000 worth of product from Henry Schein, Inc.

"Community Dental Care's commitment to serving the oral health needs of some of Minnesota's most underserved communities has made an immeasurable difference in the overall health and quality of life of its patients," Mr. Bergman said. "The dedicated staff members of Community Dental Care and its fellow medalists, Interfaith Dental Clinic of Nashville and Gaston Family Health Services, share our company's belief that everyone deserves access to quality care, and we thank them for their tireless efforts."

First incorporated as a nonprofit in 2004, Community Dental Care provides dental services to more than 46,000 people every year and is made up of four clinics, with a fifth scheduled to open in August.    

"We are honored to receive the Henry Schein Cares gold medal, and we thank Henry Schein for recognizing the important role that organizations like ours and those of our fellow medalists play in delivering care to people in need," said Dr. Vacharee Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of Community Dental Care. "There is a critical need among at-risk and underserved communities for quality oral health care, and this award only serves to strengthen our commitment to our patients. We thank Henry Schein and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for their generous support."

Henry Schein's commitment to serving society has been a cornerstone of its corporate philosophy since its founding in 1932. Through the Henry Schein Cares global corporate social responsibility program, the company uses its resources to support health care professionals around the world who provide care for those who would otherwise receive little or no medical attention. The Henry Schein Cares Medal honors the people and organizations whose work has been especially effective in bringing care to people and animals in need. Earlier this year, Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires received the gold medal in the Medical category and Guiding Eyes for the Blind won gold in the Animal Health category.

To be considered a candidate for this award, applicants must be a nonprofit organization or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation). The applicant should demonstrate that the program has expanded access to health care for the underserved in a novel and innovative way that is measurable and quantifiable. Emphasis is placed on expanding access to health care for children (birth to age 18), although all efforts to expand access to care will be considered, including those involving animal health. Programs also should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to expand access to care. Lastly, programs should demonstrate potential for replication and large-scale impact, and should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.

For more information on the Henry Schein Cares Medal, please visit http://www.hscaresfoundation.org/HSC-Medal.asp.

About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.

About the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.
Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations to non-profit organizations supporting health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care.

The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as provided by law.

About Henry Schein, Inc. 
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratoriesgovernment and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 21,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 million customers.

The company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items. The company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.                                              

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 32 countries. The company's sales reached a record $11.6 billion in 2016, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.comFacebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

SOURCE Henry Schein, Inc.

 

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May 24, 2017

Grant funding provides oral hygiene kits for infants and toddlers

SAINT PAUL, MINN. – Community Dental Care receives $1,560 through a grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation in support of its newest initiative, the Minnesota Cavity Free Kids pilot project. Grant funding will purchase oral hygiene supplies for families in need and include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, educational take-home materials and a toy.

Minnesota Cavity Free Kids is an extension of Community Dental Care’s Program to Improve Community Oral Health (PICOH), which provides oral health kits and preventive education to thousands of underserved children and pregnant mothers annually. Last year, the program provided in-clinic services to over 5,900 children and pregnant mothers and outreach education to over 9,700 individuals. PICOH is recognized nationally by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and results show that the program is making a sustainable impact in childhood caries (cavities) reduction. Minnesota Cavity Free Kids offers targeted strategies for a vulnerable population, children ages newborn through 2 years old.

“The MAXIMUS Foundation is proud to present Community Dental Care with a grant in honor of its commitment to improving the lives of those it serves in the community,” said John Boyer, MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman. “Through its innovative services and solutions, Community Dental Care’s values continue to align with those of the MAXIMUS Foundation – helping disadvantaged populations while supporting individuals’ and families’ pursuit of self-sufficiency and improved health care outcomes. On behalf of the MAXIMUS Foundation, I am so grateful for Community Dental Care’s dedicated work.”

The pilot project is designed around the belief that children (and their parents) need consistent reinforcement of good oral health practices during their early years to positively affect their health throughout their lives. The staff promotes this long-term impact through strategies such as one-one-on motivational interview-style instruction and anticipatory guidance, proven to impact behaviors that reduce cavities. In addition to teaching oral hygiene, the project builds oral health literacy and educates families on the proven links between poor oral health, poor nutrition and chronic diseases.

“Thanks to the MAXIMUS Foundation, and other funders, our program is able to provide families with the tools they need to succeed,” said Dr. Vacharee Peterson, CEO of Community Dental Care.  “We believe every child born deserves to be cavity free. It is a team effort— partnering with parents; collaborating with medical providers; working with diverse communities; and receiving support from local and national funders. Our goal is to empower parents to implement good oral health practices at home with their children as soon as the first tooth appears in their mouth. When cavities occur, children suffer.”

About Community Dental Care

Community Dental Care is one of the largest nonprofit dental clinics in Minnesota and is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as one of six successful models statewide providing dental services for underserved communities. Its mission is to provide culturally sensitive community oral health care, preventive education and professional training, and to advocate for access to all. Founded by Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson, the clinic was for-profit for 22 years before incorporating as a nonprofit in 2004. Today, they operate four clinics in St. Paul, Maplewood, Robbinsdale, and Rochester. In 2016, they provided care for more than 46,000 individuals. For more information, visit: www.cdentc.org.

About MAXIMUS

Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People®, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. For more information, visit www.maximus.com.

About the MAXIMUS Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of MAXIMUS, the Foundation extends the mission of the Company by identifying and awarding grants to partners with specialized expertise to deliver results within the same populations and communities served by the public programs the Company operates. The MAXIMUS Foundation is completely funded by MAXIMUS and its employees, and provides grants to local community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health and community development.

Media contacts:

MAXIMUS Foundation
media@maximus.com

Crystal Yang, Community Dental Care
Office: 651-925-8410

CrystalYang@cdentc.org

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Community Dental Care received a Public Health Award from Anoka County for its work providing dental care for low income children in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. From left: Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte; Sonia Rios and Kate Iverson, Community Dental Care; Anoka County Commissioners Matt Look, Mike Gamache, and Jim Kordiak; Nancy Xiong, Community Dental Care; and Anoka County Commissioners Robyn West, Julie Braastad, and Rhonda Sivarajah.

Community Dental Care receives Anoka County Annual Public Health Award!

https://abcnewspapers.com/2017/04/21/anoka-county-presents-annual-public-health-awards/

The Anoka County Board of Commissioners recognized the efforts of individuals and groups who devote their time, energy, and talent to improving public health with the presentation of the 2017 Public Health Awards. Recipients were recognized for their leadership, community health improvement, collaboration and advocacy.

“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Community Dental Care team and Anoka-Hennepin School District staff, students at 10 district schools are getting much needed dental care that, without this program, they likely would not receive,” said Anoka County Commissioner Mike Gamache.

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1 million grant goes to work for thousands of Rochester-area families in need

A new dental clinic will provide care to 10,000 people each year

ROCHESTER, MINN. – Thanks to a $1 million grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, more than 10,000 Southeastern Minnesota children and adults will soon have access to quality dental care.

Community Dental Care, one of the largest nonprofit dental clinics in Minnesota, announced today it has received a $1 million grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation to help build a new Community Dental Care clinic in Rochester, expanding access to oral health services for Southeastern Minnesota residents with the most need. To date, this is the largest grant that Community Dental Care has received.

“We are so happy to support this project, which will bring accessible dental care to an area of the state that has demonstrated a significant need, and to do so with a partner who has a proven record of meeting those needs,” said Joe Lally, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. “We know that oral health is key to overall health, and we believe that every single person deserves a healthy smile. This new clinic will make a substantial impact for thousands of Minnesotans who otherwise would not have access to quality care.”

There is a significant, unmet need for oral health care in Southeastern Minnesota. Currently, Community Dental Care’s small, six-chair clinic in Rochester has a list of patients who are waiting two months for a dentist appointment and seven months for a hygienist. In Olmsted County and the surrounding areas, of the 71,000 people who are eligible for public programs, almost 70 percent went without care in 2014. Only 43 percent of the more than 10,000 Medicaid-eligible children visited a dentist.

Ground breaking

The new clinic broke ground last month and is expected to begin serving patients in September 2017. With 18 chairs, the new clinic will create 30-35 full-time, professional jobs and provide primary dental services to 10,000 people (about 35,000 encounters) annually. The services will be targeted to low-income families and people living in poverty.

“The need for dental services in Rochester and our surrounding communities is enormous,” said Dr. Vacharee Peterson, CEO of Community Dental Care. “Too many people are going without even a simple exam, which can prevent the need for serious or emergency dental procedures in the future. This new clinic will transform dental care access for thousands of these children and families in need. We are grateful for the support and the trust from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.”

Grant funds will also support start-up costs at the new clinic for Community Dental Care’s nationally recognized, community-based Program to Improve Community Oral Health. Programming at the new clinic will include in-clinic preventive education for children and parents and community outreach. Funds were also designated for two pilot projects to extend school-based preventive services to young teens at the Robbinsdale Middle School and the MN Cavity Free Kids project—providing education to parents of infants and toddlers under age 3.

About Community Dental Care

Community Dental Care is one of the largest nonprofit dental clinics in Minnesota and is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health as one of six successful models statewide providing dental services for underserved communities. Its mission is to ensure equal access to quality dental care and preventive education for all. They achieve this through clinical services, community preventive education programs, training of professionals, and advocacy. Founded by Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson, the clinic was for-profit for 22 years before incorporating as a nonprofit in 2004. Today, they operate four clinics in St. Paul, Maplewood, Robbinsdale, and Rochester. In 2015, they provided care for more than 43,000 individual patients. Of these, 92% were low-income, 65% were a racial/ethnic minority, and 46% were children.

About Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation

In 2009, Delta Dental of Minnesota’s parent sold a company and used 100 percent of the proceeds to establish and fund Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation supports Delta Dental of Minnesota’s mission of improving the health of Minnesotans through oral health. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation works to expand access to dental care for Minnesota’s underserved populations across the state by primarily investing in programs and organizations that provide dental care to people in need. Since 2011, the foundation has invested more than $21 million in grants to nearly 70 programs and organizations that provide care and promote oral health.

 

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