While researching strengths and gaps in early childhood care and education in west central Minnesota communities, MCF member West Central Initiative (WCI) heard a common plea,
“We need better access to dental care for our children!”
WCI, working with 35 regional organizations, has turned that challenge into the Early Childhood Dental Network (ECDN).
The group educates children and their caregivers about the importance of good oral health.
Collaborative members are also working to increase access to oral health care, especially among low-income children. More than 40% of children in the region qualify for a Minnesota health care program, but most dentists in the area do not accept public payments for care.
Read more about how the group used mobile outreach clinics to brighten the smiles of 1,600 children during the last 12 months.
That, and much more, in the summer issue of Giving Forum on collaboration — online and in your mailbox now.
- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate