Minnesota Dental Foundation OneSmile Gala
The Minnesota Dental Foundation will hold its first-ever Gala and Fundraising event on October 16, 2015 at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul. This event promises to be the first of many to expose the Foundation and all of its efforts to eliminate unmet oral health needs in Minnesota. Attendance is limited to the first 300 registrants. Click here for more info.
Martha Mordini Rukavina Loan Forgiveness Program
The Martha Mordini Rukavina Loan Forgiveness Program is funded by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) to help dentists pay back educational loans if they are willing to practice in the Taconite Assistance Area (TAA) of northeastern Minnesota for at least five years. There are four dentists in the TAA who have benefited from this program, which started before the Minnesota Dental Foundation assumed responsibility of the program. One grant for $120,000 is now available with applications due by September 15, 2015. Click here to download the application.
DDS program volunteers needed
The DDS (Donated Dental Services) program provides comprehensive dental care to those who are disabled or who are elderly or medically fragile and cannot afford the needed dental care. It is a program of Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) and has been in Minnesota since 2003. Over 450 Minnesota dentists provide care in their own offices. Specialty care is provided and all necessary lab work – implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, etc. – is provided free by over 100 labs in Minnesota.
Volunteer dentists generally see only one or two patients per year. About 300 patients are on the waiting list and it’s real easy to sign up to participate.