Our nation is facing a shortage of doctors, dentists, behavioral health professionals and public health workers, particularly in rural locations. These challenges require thoughtful, sustainable solutions, ones that address the root causes that get in the way of people getting the care they need. Lack of access to dental care for children can have serious health consequences. In 2018, we continued our years-long commitment to supporting organizations dedicated to making sure all children get the dental care they need.
Medica Foundation has been proudly funding Children’s Dental Services (CDS) for over 10 years, supporting innovative dental care programs for young children and pregnant women who have no other resources for preventive and emergency services. Their ability to pilot programs that create lasting change in low-income communities across the state aligns with the mission of the foundation. In 2018, we funded a new program that helps reduce health disparities among Native American children in the Duluth area by expanding access to culturally targeted treatment and education. Innovative programs like this provide long term solutions and make the kind of impact that Medica strives for in our communities.
“I simply could not find a dentist who would accept my dental insurance until I learned about CDS from my son’s school nurse. My insurance had a big deductible that I could not afford to pay, and my pregnant wife needed translation services. A dental therapist from CDS gave us great care, and staff helped translate and get us sliding scale coverage. My son no longer has dental pain and is brushing his teeth each day.”