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So far in 2020, MDF has given $157,270 in cash to 45 projects. Some of the recipients may have received assistance on more than one project. Of those dollars, funding was provided for six internal programs – the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Donated Dental Services, Martha Mordini Rukavina Loan Forgiveness Program, Minnesota’s Heroes Orthodontic 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 community 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 2020, 2,173 children were seen in 93 community clinics and private dental offices. The value of the services provided was approximately $1.228 million by 1,350 volunteers, which included 233 dentists.

American Student Dental Association – ASDA, Minneapolis
Carris Health Dental Clinic (FKA Rice Regional Dental Clinic), Willmar
Central Lakes College Dental Assisting Program, Brainerd
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Dental, Park Rapids
Children’s Dental Services, Minneapolis
Community Dental Care – Maplewood
Community Dental Care – Robbinsdale
Community Dental Care – Rochester
Community Dental Care – St. Paul
Hope Dental Clinic, St. Paul
Lake Superior College Dental Hygiene Clinic, Duluth
Minnesota State University, Mankato Dental Hygiene, Mankato
Northern Dental Access Center, Bemidji
NorthPoint Health and Wellness, Minneapolis
Northwest Technical College, Bemidji
St Cloud Technical and Community College, St. Cloud

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.

Apple Tree Dental – Little Falls, St Paul
CARE Clinic, Red Wing
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, St. Cloud
CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Park Rapids
Community Dental Care, Maplewood
Early Childhood Dental Network, Fergus Falls
Ely Community Health Center, Ely
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Minneapolis
Hope Dental Clinic, St. Paul
Hope Dental Clinic, St. Paul
Just Kids Dental, Two Harbors
Let’s Smile, Inc., Owatonna
Minnesota Dental Association – GKAS, Statewide
Minnesota State University Dental Hygiene, Mankato
Mission Outpost Dental Clinic, Burnsville
North Shore Health Care Foundation, Grand Marais
Northern Dental Access Center, Bemidji
Portico Healthnet, St. Paul
Sharing and Caring Hands, Minneapolis
Southwest Minnesota ECDN, Marshall
The Rochester Salvation Army Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, Rochester

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.

Central Lakes College, Brainerd

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