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Transition of Oral Health Task Force to Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Transition of Oral Health Task Force to Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Ensures Sustainability

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~  October 22, 2020  (LSN)  The Oral Health Task Force (OHTF), an incubator program of the North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF), has found a permanent home with the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. The groups began exploring the transition earlier this year to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability in the community. The transition is now officially complete.

The unique locally-grown Oral Health Task Force provides oral health education, screenings, fluoride treatments, semi-annual “Free Days at the Dentist” and dental work for children ages prenatal to 26, and pregnant mothers without dental insurance, across the county and Grand Portage. The collaborative effort began as an idea and incubator program with the North Shore Health Care Foundation in 2011, when it was identified that many children were going without oral health care due to a lack of dental coverage. Since the program’s inception, and thanks to many grants secured by the OHTF to support the program’s generous sliding fee scale, nearly 900 individuals have received oral health care locally. The OHTF employs an Oral Health Educator/Hygienist and works with Grand Marais Family Dentistry and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic for care provision. 

“We are grateful for the support of numerous grantors over the years, for the hard work of many to develop a successful program which we know is working, and to the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic for taking on the Oral Health Task Force to ensure it will continue,” said Paul Nelson, OHTF Chair and NSHCF Board Member. “Thanks to key partners the Oral Health Task Force has; 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 just 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 Sawtooth Mountain Clinic has long been a partner in the Oral Health Task Force and is pleased to now be able to bring this critical program under our umbrella of health services,” said Kate Surbaugh, CEO – Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.  “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.

Despite the administrative and fiscal transfer to the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, the collaborative nature of the OHTF will continue, meeting monthly, and includes representation from:

  • Grand Marais Family Dentistry
  • Local schools and school nurses
  • Cook County Public Health & Human Services,
  • the Grand Portage Health Service,ccccccccc
  • a parent advocate, and
  • the North Shore Health Care Foundation.

More information about the Oral Health Task Force and how to access service, is available by calling 218-387-2334.

 

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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/

  • 22 October 2020
  • Author: Robert McKenzie
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Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Last updated Nov 23, 2020 

Comunlative
Cases 
Resolved
Cases 
Active
Cases 
Hosp
Cases
ICU Deceased
233 155 78 3 2 1
           

 

Case Number Esposure  Category Status  Date
Case #233 Close Contact Self-Isolating 22/11/20
Case #232 Close Contact Hospitalized 16/11/20
Case #231 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #230 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #229 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #228 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #227 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #226 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #225 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/2020
Case #224 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #223 Close Contact Self-Isolating 21/11/2020
Case #222 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #221 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #220 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #219 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #218 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #217 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #216 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #215 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #214 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #213 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #212 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #211 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #210 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #209 Close Contact Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #208 No Known Exposure Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #207 Close Contact Self-Isolating  18/11/20 
Case #206 Close Contact Self-Isolating  12/11/20
Case #205 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #204 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #203 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #202 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #201 Travel  Self-Isolating  14/11/20 
Case #200 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #199 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #198 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #197 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #196 Close Contact Self-Isolating 10/11/2020
Case #195 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #194 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #193 Close Contact Self-Isolating 12/11/2020
Case #192 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #191 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #190 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #189 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/20
Case #188 No Known Exposure Hospitalized 10/11/20
Case #187 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/20
Case #186 Close Contact Self-Isolating

12/11/2020

Case #185 Close Contact Self-Isolating 08/11/2020
Case #184 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #183 Pending Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #182 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #181 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #180 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #179 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #178 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #177 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #176 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #175 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #174 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #173 Close Contact Self-Isolating 06/11/2020
Case #172 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #171 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #170 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #169 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #168 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #167 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #166 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
       


 

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