Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges (Resource)
The Main Report of Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges can now be cited in NCBI.  
January 18, 2022
"State invests $61 million to boost dental reimbursement rates, help improve access for low-income Minnesotans" (MN DHS)
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health put out a press release indicating how they are addressing "significant and longstanding gaps" in the state's dental care: by improving the payment rates that the state pays out to dentists. The rate increase started on January 1, 2022, and will help low-income Minnesotans who use Medical Assistance […]
January 12, 2022
November 29 Launches Caring Catalog Campaign for Apple Tree's Hawley Center
The Caring Catalog is an online, giving platform powered by the FM Area Foundation to help connect community members with local nonprofits during the holiday season. This year, we have $61,000 in giving incentives, 100 participating nonprofits, and together, we can make one big difference for our community! There are no fees to participate and we cover all credit card fees, so […]
November 29, 2021
How to have a conversation with loved ones about the COVID-19 vaccine
The Minnesota Department of Health issued a holiday COVID-19 vaccination conversation guide today, which aims to help Minnesotans have productive discussions with loved ones about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.   This guide will be published in various newspapers across the state, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and several outstate newspapers in […]
November 23, 2021
Apple Tree Policy Director, Deb Jacobi, Wins MnDHA Member of the Year
Apple Tree is pleased to announce that Deborah Jacobi, MA, RDH (also known as Deb!) has been awarded Minnesota Dental Hygienists Association's Member of the Year.  Deb is Apple Tree Dental's Policy Director. From the MnDHA: Deb is a member of the MnDHA Southern Component. She is poster woman for advocating for our mission, our goals […]
November 10, 2021
Apple Tree CEO Dr. Michael Helgeson Quoted in Multiple Articles about Great Strides in Dental Legislation
Apple Tree Dental is thrilled to share some more recent articles in which our co-founder and CEO, Dr. Michael Helgeson, is quoted.  These articles showcase the importance of the recent and historic legislation regarding dental care access for Minnesotans. Find Dr. Helgeson's quotes in the StarTribune ("3M works to expand dental care access in Minnesota […]
November 8, 2021
"Teamwork bridges dental care gap" - new StarTribune article applauds critical access dental's efforts with the legislature
Late in the afternoon on October 27, 2021, the StarTribune editorial board published an article highlighting the changes in legislative policy surrounding dental care for Minnesotans on public health programs.  The article points out the benefits of collaboration and the efforts put in by Minnesota's dental providers, the Department of Human Services, and Representative Tina […]
October 28, 2021
VIDEO: "Gaining Momentum: Dental Therapists in Minnesota" During the summer of 2021, the Minnesota Dental Therapy Association commissioned a video highlighting the work of dental therapists in the state.  Apple Tree Dental was brought on to help execute the project, which was funded by The PEW Charitable Trusts. The project involved three different organizations - Hennepin Healthcare, Lakeland Dental, and Apple […]
October 28, 2021
2021 Minnesota Legislature Makes History by Passing Historic Dental Package
From the press release: A diverse group of dental health and state leaders from across Minnesota celebrated a historic package of dental legislation passed with bipartisan support in 2021 that takes steps to bridge Minnesota’s longstanding dental divide. Acknowledging that oral health and overall health are inextricably linked, immediate and ongoing work has been set […]
October 20, 2021
ADA Launches "Clinical Data Warehouse" for Practices Using Open Dental EHR
As of July 27, 2021, the American Dental Association opened up a new repository for protected, cloud-based data to "support clinical research" and "promote excellence in dental care," according to an article published by the ADANews.   The data is available to dental practices of any size, as long as they are using the practice management […]
August 26, 2021
Apple Tree Offers a COVID Vaccine Information Session and Clinic
Apple Tree Dental is hosting a family-focused COVID-19 community conversation and vaccine clinic in the Twin Cities area! Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Apple Tree Dental at 2442 Mounds View Blvd., Mounds View, MN 55112 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. A physician will be available to discuss the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine and […]
July 19, 2021
More Than 80% of Voters Support Adding Dental Benefits to Medicare
New data from a Politico poll suggests that a large majority of voters are hopeful for Medicare dental, vision, and hearing benefits, regardless of whether they identify as Democrat or Republican.  That information is just one part of an effort to determine favor and opposition to a number of recent policy pushes in the United […]
July 14, 2021
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