Children’s Dental Services to break ground on Northeast Minneapolis clinic expansion
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April 21st, 2022



Children’s Dental Services to break ground on Northeast Minneapolis clinic expansion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mike Haberman, [email protected], 612-432-9898 April 25, 2022

Children’s Dental Services to break ground on Northeast Minneapolis clinic expansion

A unique city, non-profit, and philanthropic partnership is expanding access to dental care to an additional 15,000 patients annually at Children’s Dental Services

MINNEAPOLIS (April 20, 2022) – Children’s Dental Services (CDS) is partnering with the City of Minneapolis, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and other key stakeholders to develop a vibrant, eco-friendly, community-based dental hub in Northeast Minneapolis, to serve an additional 15,000 patients annually. Located at 636 Broadway Street NE, the expansion of the hub officially kicks off with a groundbreaking event Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 11 a.m.

Established in 1919, CDS is the oldest provider of oral health services in Minneapolis, serving its schools, Head Start Centers, and neighborhoods with a full range of preventive and restorative services. The project invests in the heart of Minneapolis and engages a diverse workforce to deliver services and improve the lives of low-income and diverse communities. The expansion is made possible by the contributions of several organizations.

“This dental services expansion project exemplifies the incredible advancements that are made via the intersection of private philanthropy from leaders such as Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, the City of Minneapolis, and public health service providers such as Children’s Dental Services,” said Sarah Wovcha, Executive Director of Children’s Dental Services. “Exceptional livability, health equity, and vibrant community are being created for Minnesota citizens through these linkages.”

The clinic provides accessible services to the residents of the North, Northeast, and St. Anthony Main neighborhoods in Minneapolis. These communities are designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSA) by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. CDS serves individuals across Minnesota, currently servicing residents in 54 counties. It will soon expand services within Duluth as well.

“Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation believes that everyone deserves a healthy smile, and we are thrilled this project will allow Children’s Dental Services to grow the number of patients it serves each year,” said Joseph Lally, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. “Children’s Dental Services provides critical dental care for children in our community, especially those with diverse and special needs, and we are proud to support them.”

About Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation

In 2009, Delta Dental of Minnesota’s parent sold a company and used 100 percent of the proceeds to establish and fund Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation supports Delta Dental of Minnesota’s mission of improving the health of Minnesotans through oral health. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation works to expand access to dental care for Minnesota’s underserved populations across the state by primarily investing in dental care for people in need.

About Children’s Dental Services

Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services (CDS) has been dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to our diverse community. CDS provides a full range of dental services to children and families, pregnant women, and people of all ages. CDS is particularly well equipped to serve bilingual or multilingual families from culturally diverse backgrounds, as demonstrated by its exceptionally diverse staff that speak more than 20 languages. In 2021 over 36,500 CDS patients were provided more than 96,000 procedures during over 65,000 visits.