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Oral Health Task Force Receives Important Grants

Oral Health Task Force Receives Important Grants

its mission to provide greater access to and address gaps in oral health care

Cook County, Minnesota -  February 11, 2020  (LSN)   The Oral Health Task Force (OHTF), a program of the North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF), has recently secured three significant grants to continue its mission to provide greater access to and address gaps in oral health care for the children of Cook County and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Task Force received funding from: 

• Cook County Public Health & Human Services Community Funding - $10,000
• Lloyd K Johnson Foundation - $10,000
• Medica Foundation - $15,000 of a total $25,000 multi-year grant 
“We are so relieved to have been successful in our applications to secure this grant funding and are grateful to these organizations for recognizing the critical need for children’s oral health care,” said Paul Nelson, OHTF Chair and NSHCF Board Member. “Thanks to key partners like these, the Oral Health Task Force can continue this critical work which we know is working; we’ve seen an increase in program usage and a continual reduction in decay and cavities in children locally. For example, the percentage of students with cavities at Cook County ISD 166 has dropped from 26% in 2014 when we started doing screenings to 9% in 2019. Grand Portage’s Oshki Ogimaag Charter School saw a 13% reduction from the first year of working with the Oral Health Task Force in 2018 compared to 2019.” 
 
The Oral Health Task Force has helped over 800 children, youth and pregnant moms with dental care locally because of the collaborative way we are addressing oral health here in Cook County. Having healthy teeth is an integral part of children's overall health and well-being. Early preventive care such as screenings and sealants can keep teeth healthy and reduce the need for expensive restorative care later. Although tooth decay is almost completely preventable, it is the most common childhood disease. Studies show links between ear and sinus infections, weakened immune systems, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Lack of dental care can affect children's speech, nutrition, growth and development. Over 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness. 
 
The funding received will help the OHTF complete annual screenings through all local schools and other organizations, fluoride treatments and will help support a generous sliding fee scale program to cover children prenatal to 26 years of age with other dental care needs not covered by other programs. The OHTF employs an Oral Health Educator/Hygienist and works with Grand Marais Family Dentistry and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic for care provision.  
 

Children’s Dental Health Poster Contest Winners Announced 
& February 11, 2020 – To engage the community and celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, the Oral Health Task Force held a poster contest for kids to demonstrate how to have healthy teeth. Four winners were selected out of a total of 14 submissions as a result of a tie in two of the three available age categories.  
 
Congratulations to the following winners: 
 
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade (Four total submissions): • Lucy Kartes, Birch Grove Community School – 2nd Grade • Ezme Mundell, Great Expectations School – 2nd Grade 
3rd-5th Grade (10 total submissions): • Lilija Smith and Isabella Olson – 4th Graders at Sawtooth Mountain Elementary • Roland Stoffel, 5th Grade at Birch Grove Community School 
 
No submissions were received for the Grades 6-8 category.  
 
The winners will receive a $25 gift card to the Cook County Whole Foods Coop and an electric toothbrush, and the winning posters will used in Oral Health Task Force communications at a variety of locations over the next year. All of the poster design submissions will be on display in the lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic outside the North Shore Health Care Foundation/Oral Health Task Force offices, through the end of February. 
 
“We received so many great designs, it was difficult for the committee to choose among them,” said Valerie Marasco Eliasen, Executive Director of the North Shore Health Care Foundation. “This was such a fun, creative way to engage kids of all ages and showcase what good oral health looks like to them. The winners all demonstrated creativity and great information about oral health and how to care for teeth. Congratulations to all” 
 
About the Task Force The Oral Health Task Force is a program of the North Shore Health Care Foundation, a home-grown solution unique to Cook County, that works to provide dental care to the children of Cook County and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Task Force provides community education on the importance of early preventative care and provides financial assistance that makes dental care more affordable and accessible, including transportation to appointments if necessary. In addition to leadership from the North Shore Health Care Foundation, the Task Force includes representation from: • Grand Marais Family Dentistry • Sawtooth Mountain Clinic  


 
• Local schools and school nurses • Cook County Public Health & Human Services, and • the Grand Portage Health Service. 
 
The program has been made possible through grants from Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Cliffs Foundation, Cook County Community Foundation, Cook County PHHS Community Funding, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, First & Second St Thrift Store, Grand Marais Lions & Lioness Club, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Medica Foundation, Minnesota Dental Foundation, Minnesota Power Foundation, North Shore Health Care Foundation, Northland Foundation, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and St. Luke’s Foundation. 
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Contact: Valerie Marasco Eliasen, Executive Director – North Shore Health Care Foundation,                   218-387-9076, mobile 218-387-5700 or nshcf@boreal.org 
 
**Art available on request: 
 
Kindergarten – Grade 2 
 
Ezme Mundell, Grade 2         Lucy Kartes, Grade 2 
                        
 
Grade 3-5 Roland Stoffel, Grade 5           Lilija Smith, Grade 4 
          

 

For more information, go to: www.northshorehealthcarefoundation.org

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North Shore Health Care Foundation Lake Superior News History
The North Shore Health Care Foundation was established in 1993, by a group of committed residents dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the Cook County community. The original six-member Board assumed a leadership role in supporting projects that have had a significant impact on the health of our rural community. The commitment to provide leadership in sustaining and improving the health of individuals and communities continues today as a core value. 
http://www.northshorehealthcarefoundation.org/
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