The Central Minnesota AHEC Board of Directors invited dental, dental therapy, and dental hygienist students and faculty from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to their meeting, on November 10, 2011. Joan Tronson, Director of Northwest MN AHEC, was also a guest at the meeting.
The School of Dentistry students engaged the board in an active conversation about the future of dental careers and rural dentistry. The students were able to share their paths towards dental careers and their experience training on the mobile dental unit and in outreach clinics in Hibbing, Wilmar, and Minneapolis, MN.
The meeting was held at the Clay County Family Services Center in Moorhead, MN and after the meeting, board members took the opportunity to tour the Family HealthCare Center Dental Clinic also located at the Center.
The students were escorted by Paul Schulz, DDS, MPH, Director of the Mobile Dental Unit and Director of Outreach Programs in the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schulz had a long standing relationship with the MN AHEC Network. He is a member of the Southern MN AHEC Board of Directors and serves as the MN AHEC Network Dental Outreach Director.
The MN AHEC Network has built a strong collaboration with the School of Dentistry to impact dental access across the state. Partnerships include coordinating experiences for students in MN AHEC regions and garnering financial support to promote the School's commitment to community outreach and dental careers promotion.