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Residents of Greater Minnesota will have better access to dental work thanks to a new law sponsored by Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center) and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Senate File 662, which Gov. Dayton signed on April 3, changes Minnesota statute to allow out-of-state dental students to work in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across Minnesota. Previously, only in-state dental students were allowed to work in these clinics. When in-state dental schools ran out of students to provide each year, FQHCs found themselves with nowhere to turn.

“I am thrilled Gov. Dayton signed this important, bipartisan bill,” said Sen. Rosen. “Greater Minnesota has a severe shortage of dentists. It shouldn’t matter where a dental student attends school. As long as they are attending an accredited dental school, they should be able to provide this critical service while perfecting their skills under the strict supervision of licensed dentists. Greater Minnesota needs all the dentists it can get.

“This law will help us serve more patients, recruit more dentists long-term, and eventually help us eliminate the dentist shortage that has been plaguing our communities,” concluded Sen. Rosen.

Martin County Early Childhood Dental Network Training

Monday, April 24, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
Budd Room 1017 (Please enter Door 1)
714 Victoria Street
Fairmont, MN 56031

Please RSVP to 507-235-3141
(Training includes Light Meal 5:15 pm. All are welcome to join Martin County ECDN meeting 5:30 pm)

Mary Vanderwert, Minnesota Oral Health Zone Program
Dr. Chris Olsen, DDS, Truman, MN

Did you know that pediatric dental disease is the #1 chronic infectious disease for America’s children and it is a leading reason for missing school and for visits to emergency rooms?
And what’s more, it is 100% preventable.

The Oral Health Zone in Minnesota has as its goal to end this painful and dangerous epidemic.
It is through work with partners of all ages to raise awareness, provide education and increase access that we will be successful.

Learn about the issues, our solutions and how you can help to save the smiles and health of children in Martin County. This training will provide you with strategies, information and knowledge to help each child achieve good dental health.

Open to anyone who works with young children and their families including child care providers,
public health, Early Childhood professionals, Home Visitors, social services and Head Start.

Martin County Early Childhood Dental Network
is funded through a grant from
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

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