The Oral Health Task Force is so fortunate to have received donations from various grantors over these past several years. I would like to thank Paul Nelson and Jetty St. John for their continued hard work in writing the grants and working with the various organizations. Those dollars have kept the doors open for our youth in Cook County to receive dental work at a substantially reduced cost to the family. To date our contributing grantors are as follows:
Arrowhead Cooperative, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (Cook County Community Fund), First and Second Street Thrift Store, Grand Marais Lioness Club, Grand Marais Lions Club, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Medica
Foundation, Minnesota Dental Foundation, Minnesota Power Foundation, North Shore Health Care Foundation, Northland Foundation, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board, Atkins Memorial Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Thank you to each and every one of you!
The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation recently awarded the Oral Health Task Force $150,000 to be spread over three years. Through this grant, the Oral Health Task Force seeks to establish an oral health prevention program that will integrate community health services (medical providers, social service, public health nurses, community health educators), and the dental team in Cook County and the Grand Portage Reservation. Our vision is for good oral health to be the norm for the children in the county, and for all expectant mothers and future children from conception to age 26. The emphasis will be on low income families.
To kick start the program, we are currently looking for a dental hygienist/coordinator to work with the various health organizations in the county. The position will be split between Grand Marais Family Dentistry and the North Shore Health Care Foundation.
The Oral Health Task Force will continue to do the work we’ve being doing such as the school screenings, two” Free Days” a year at Grand Marais Family Dentistry sponsored by the Oral Health Task Force as well as the ISD 166 Pre School screening. In 2015, the Oral Health Task Force sliding fee program paid over $16,000 for dental care for children. There were 95 dental appointments which resulted in touching 35 families.
In 2015 there were 225 children screened at Sawtooth Elementary, K-8th grade. Great Expectations and Birch Grove will be screened in April of 2016. The next Free Day is
scheduled for May 26, 2016.
Also in 2015, a series of videos were put together with the help of Amy Marie Schmidt and Patrick Knight. So, if you haven’t seen them yet, go to our web site and check it out at
www.northshorehealthcarefoundation.org/oral health. They did a fabulous job. Thank you Amy Marie and Patrick!!
The Oral Health Task Force is offering free Fluoride Well Testing for families with children up to 26 years of age. Also included in that group, are day cares, and grandparents whose grandchildren frequent their homes. For more information call the office at 387-2334.
The Oral Health Task Force: This program is made
possible by support from grants received 2011- March 2016.
Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, First and Second Street Thrift Store, Grand Marais Lioness Club, Grand Marais Lions Club, Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Medica Foundation, Minnesota Dental Foundation, Minnesota Power Foundation, North Shore Health Care Foundation, Northland Foundation,
Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board, Atkins Memorial Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.
April 2015 REPORT
The Oral Health Task Force recently completed dental screenings for the 2014/2015 school year at Sawtooth Elementary, Cook County ISD High School, Birch Grove Charter School and Great Expectations Charter School. Bill Heitzman, Dental Therapist from Grand Marais Family Dentistry (GMFD) and Georgene Daubanton, Coordinator for the Oral Health Task Force conducted the “Peek in the Mouth” screenings.
The screening procedure includes sending out a letter to the parents informing them of the screening. The parents are given the opportunity to “Opt Out” from having their child screened if they prefer. The list of students is sent over to Grand Marias Family Dentistry to determine if any of the students were recently seen. If so, those children are removed from the screening list. This year every other grade was screened. Excluding those children who “opted out” from being screened and those who were absent and/or recently seen at the dentist’s office, 72 children were screened at ISD & Sawtooth Elementary. A huge thank you goes out to Gwen Carmen, Elementary Principal, for all her help in making this year screening possible.
There were 22 children screened at Birch Grove Charter School and 7 children screened at Great Expectations Charter School.
Screenings are also given through the Early Childhood Screening process which includes 3-5 years olds getting ready for preschool/kindergarten. This is a great opportunity to meet with the parents and offer great educational tips as well as the OHTF sliding fee scale for dental services. Bill Heitzman conducts a risk assessment with the parent related to the child. The assessment shows whether the child is at high, medium or low risk for tooth decay. The screenings are generally once a month during the school year and average around 10 children.
The Oral Health Task Force Committee developed a transportation program for students needing a ride to a dental appointment from school and back. The service is great for parents who would have to leave work and perhaps lose some pay. To date, Georgene has transported three children from Birch Grove Charter School. Transportation forms are available through Grand Marais Family Dentistry or the Oral Health Task Force Office.
Cook County ISD 166 offered to transport children for the Free Day on April 9th. Please call Grand Marais Family Dentistry for an appointment and request the transportation form. The form must be filled out and sent to the school.
We had a successful Free Day at the Dentist on October 3rd, 2014. There were 28 children who received care ranging from an exam, sealants, x rays, fluoride and cleaning. The same services will be offered on April 9th.
A pilot program is being funded by the Oral Health Task Force at Grand Marais Family Dentistry for a certain number of parents and children whose bacterial levels are high. There will be educational benefits for those parents along with providing options for them to lower their bacterial levels on themselves and their children. Lowering bacterial levels reduces tooth decay. The program is new and more information will be forthcoming.
The Oral Health Task Force commissioned Amy Schmidt and Patrick Knight to produce a series of Oral Health Task Force videos. The production is nearly done. The videos will be shown on various web sites to include, North Shore Health Care Foundation, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County Public Health and Human Services and of course, Oral Health Task Force’s web site.
The Oral Health Task Force Committee recently increased the income levels on the sliding scale. The committee also increased the age we serve from 18 months to 26 years of age. We are very excited to offer assistance to the young adults of Cook County as well. The application and new sliding fee scale are on this web site. You can also call the office at
387-2334 to obtain an application.
We would like to thank the
for their generous donation to the oral health task force.
This program is made possible by support from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Northland Foundation, Minnesota Power, 1st & 2nd Street Thrift Store, Medica Foundation and Minnesota Dental Foundation.