City-wide, Neighborhood-based Dental Care

by Erianna Reyelts | Apr 04, 2013
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Summary:

Children’s Dental Services (CDS) would use the funds to create public health dental care hubs within St Paul Community Centers, Libraries, Museums, Parks and Recreation Centers. These services would be geared to CDS’ target population of low-income children and pregnant women. At these locations, public health dental screenings and care would be performed using portable dental equipment.

Dental services are critically needed, because as of now there continues to be minimal access to dental services for low-income people in the Twin Cities area. This is the result of a lack of dentists who see uninsured patients or those covered by public insurance programs, a lack of available sliding fee scale care and a lack of dental care that is accessible geographically. In Minnesota only about 30% of public program patients receive dental treatment each year. Roughly half of children insured by public programs are unable to receive dental services until there is an emergency, such as bleeding of the gums, pain in gums and/or teeth, infection, etc. Services provided at the locations above would be a great benefit to this community.
CDS staff would also work at these locations to help families apply for public insurance or CDS’ Sliding Scale discount program. CDS’ staff are all Minnesota Community Action Agents (MNCAA) and are thus trained and certified to help uninsured families apply for insurance.

About You

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About You

First Name

Erianna

Last Name

Reyelts

City

Minneapolis

County

Hennepin

Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Children's Dental Services

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

Children's Dental Services

Organization Website

Organization Phone

(612)746-1530 ext. 240

Organization Address

636 Broadway St NE

City

Minneapolis

Organization Country

United States, MN

Your idea

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Title of your idea

City-wide, Neighborhood-based Dental Care

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Children’s Dental Services (CDS) would use the funds to create public health dental care hubs within St Paul Community Centers, Libraries, Museums, Parks and Recreation Centers. These services would be geared to CDS’ target population of low-income children and pregnant women. At these locations, public health dental screenings and care would be performed using portable dental equipment.
Dental services are critically needed, because as of now there continues to be minimal access to dental services for low-income people in the Twin Cities area. This is the result of a lack of dentists who see uninsured patients or those covered by public insurance programs, a lack of available sliding fee scale care and a lack of dental care that is accessible geographically. In Minnesota only about 30% of public program patients receive dental treatment each year. Roughly half of children insured by public programs are unable to receive dental services until there is an emergency, such as bleeding of the gums, pain in gums and/or teeth, infection, etc. Services provided at the locations above would be a great benefit to this community.
CDS staff would also work at these locations to help families apply for public insurance or CDS’ Sliding Scale discount program. CDS’ staff are all Minnesota Community Action Agents (MNCAA) and are thus trained and certified to help uninsured families apply for insurance.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

It is generally expected that dental care is provided in a clinic setting, with permanent equipment. CDS, however, is proposing an unexpected method to provide dental care and services to St Paul community members. By providing care in established locations in St Paul, CDS is working to break down geographic and transportation barriers to care. This unexpected method of care allows a far greater population to receive dental care.

Furthermore, it is unexpected that dental clinic staff would be able to provide assistance with applying for public insurance. This provides a convenience to low-income families that is often not afforded.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Public health dental care hubs will enable low-income children and pregnant women in St Paul to receive needed dental care and access to assistance with applying for public insurance.

Access to dental care for St Paul residents can lead to better health as a whole. Research has shown that untreated periodontal disease can lead to heart disease and diabetes.ii

Access to public insurance can lead to not only access to dental services, but also access to medical and mental health services.

Sustainability

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This program will be remembered for making dental care convenient. This unconventional approach to dental care will enable hundreds of those currently going without dental care to receive needed treatment. CDS’ hope is that through the implementation of these services in St Paul, other community dental clinics may be inspired to provide similar services in communities in greater Minnesota who are experiencing similar shortages when it comes to access to dental care.

jjgfj gfj said: Dental care need attention also. It is not that easy to take over the pain of having problem in your teeth. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2403 days ago read more >

Erianna Reyelts submitted this idea. - 2612 days ago