Tell us about your clinic?
With primary support from Dakota Medical Foundation, the Red River Valley Dental Access Project, a non-profit 501(c)(3), was formed in 1999 by a concerned group of dentists to improve access to care. Recognizing the barriers facing low-income patients, a volunteer walk-in clinic was started in 2002 for humanitarian relief of pain for anyone lacking access to dental care. We have had a consistent network of about 50 volunteer dentists that have provided urgent care to about 8,000 patients over the last 17 years on Tuesday nights without regard to ability to pay.
How many dentists volunteer here?
Currently we have over 50 dentists and oral surgeons that rotate through the Tuesday night clinics. Through the help of our many loyal donors we are able to pay for the additional expenses and supplies needed to keep the clinic open.
How did you partner with M State for the location of the clinic
Our lease with Family Health Care ended after 17 years and we were lucky to partner with M State to share their facilities. The partnership is mutually beneficial in that M State students can gain experience in our clinic and increase their connection to the dental community.