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In 2022, MDF gave $452,149 in cash to 34 projects. Some of the recipients may have received assistance on more than one project. Of those dollars, funding was provided for four internal programs – the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Donated Dental Services, Martha Mordini Rukavina Loan Forgiveness Program, and the Retired Dentist Program. All of the funded programs help increase access to care for underserved populations or help to build a sustainable oral health workforce in Minnesota.

Give Kids a Smile

The following non-profit clinics received funding and/or in-kind support for the two-day charitable program in February that provides free preventive and restorative dental care to children from low-income families. Grant monies help defray the costs for dental supplies and oral health education materials for the children. In 2022, 1,045 children were seen in 61 community clinics and private dental offices. The value of the services provided was approximately $623,000 by 594 volunteers, which included 113 dentists.

Central Lakes College, Brainerd
Children’s Dental Services, Minneapolis
Community Dental Care, Buffalo
Community Dental Care, Maplewood
Community Dental Care, Robbinsdale
Community Dental Care, Rochester
Community Dental Care, Saint Paul
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Give Kids a Smile at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Community Outreach

A number of community-based clinics and outreach programs provide critical dental services to children and adults who otherwise would not have access to oral health care.

C.A.R.E. Clinic, Red Wing
CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Park Rapids
Children’s Dental Health Services, Rochester
Community Dental Care, Maplewood
Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation, Saint Paul
HealthFinders Collaborative, Inc., Faribault
Hope Dental Clinic, Saint Paul
Just Kids Dental, Two Harbors
Let’s Smile, Inc., Owatonna
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mission Outpost Dental Clinic, Burnsville
Northern Dental Access Center – Bemidji
Northern Dental Access Center – Halstad
Portico Healthnet, Saint Paul
Ready, Set, Smile PA, Minneapolis
The Salvation Army of Rochester, MN, Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, Rochester
Sharing and Caring Hands, Minneapolis

Allied Dental Education Programs

The following organization in Minnesota received a grant to help with resources to assist with educating dental auxiliaries while providing care to the underserved.

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Minneapolis
St. Mary’s Health Clinics, Saint Paul

Internal Programs

Funding has been provided for four internal programs – the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Donated Dental Services, Martha Mordini Rukavina Loan Forgiveness Program and the Retired Dentist Program. No funding has been necessary for the Minnesota’s Heroes Orthodontic Program.

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