Minnesota Oral Health Zone


Minnesota Oral Health Zone - Brian Coyle mentorsDesigned to increase oral health literacy and knowledge, train primary care medical providers to provide primary cavity prevention services and unite dental and medical professionals in the fight against pediatric dental disease. The Minnesota Oral Health Zone engages partners and facilities in an effort to expand oral health services for children in need.

Pilot Community News

The Olmsted Children’s Oral Health Task Force has four active subcommittees involved in developing a strategic plan for ending pediatric dental disease. The committees are planning a public education campaign, exploring models that would integrate medical and dental care, supporting general dentists in serving very young children, and getting involved in the statewide stakeholder advocacy work at the State Legislature.

Ramsey County Public Health and CAPRW Head Start have joined forces with America’s ToothFairy to prevent and end dental disease in the Karen refugee community. Several educational sessions for children and their families have been scheduled in area churches over the next three months. Leaders from the community met on April 29 to explore ways leadership can promote positive oral health.

The Brian Coyle Center youth involved in the Saturday Academy will begin a summer program supported by America’s ToothFairy. They will work with mentors from Children’s Dental Services to do outreach and education with younger children and families in the Center, explore oral health and nutritional topics, and create materials for education.

Minnesota Oral Health Zone - Hmong outreachAffiliate Spotlight

Congratulations to Northern Dental Access Center in Bemidji for their Honorable Mention awarded by the Mutual of Omaha Foundation annual competition. They will be celebrating with a lunch on May 19.

Looking for Caring Hands Dental in Alexandria? You will need a new address. They have moved to their new and expanded offices at 2209 Jefferson St., Suite 101. Congratulations to their team and their lucky patients.

Other Minnesota Oral Health Zone News

A big welcome to Montevideo Community Education, Hibbing Play and Learn, Three Rivers Head Start, Olmsted County Public Health and Itasca County’s Invest Early program to our community partner team. Together they will provide education to more than 2,500 children and families.

 

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For more information on the Minnesota Oral Health Zone, contact:

Mary Vanderwert

Minnesota Oral Health Zone Manager

mvanderwert@ncohf.org