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University Receives $250,000 Grant to Support Dental Clinic

Funds from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation will be used to purchase dental hygiene equipment.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-14-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced that the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation has granted the University $250,000 to purchase dental exam chairs and associated operating equipment for the oral health clinic area in the University’s new Clinical Sciences Building.

The equipment, which enabled Minnesota State Mankato to complete its Dental Hygiene Program’s oral health clinic, will be installed and ready for use at the beginning of the spring semester (Jan. 9). A ribbon cutting for the Clinical Sciences Building is scheduled for Jan. 19.

Davenport said the gift would benefit both community members and Minnesota State Mankato students.

“We thank the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation for this generous grant,” said Davenport. “The dental hygiene program’s clinical area in our new Clinical Sciences Building is double the space the program previously had. This grant allowed us to appropriately equip the space, which will benefit those receiving dental care while also providing real-world, practical training opportunities for our students.”

“Too many Minnesotans are going without basic dental care simply because they lack the access,” said Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Executive Director Joe Lally. “We are so happy to invest in this clinic, which will not only provide care to underserved Minnesotans, but help educate the next generation of oral health care professionals.”

Kris Retherford (pictured in photo above), dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing, said the gift would enable Minnesota State Mankato to improve access to affordable and quality dental care within the region.

“We are thrilled to be recipients of this grant,” said Retherford. “It will allow us to better meet the oral health needs of individuals in the region who are currently underserved.”

Minnesota State Mankato’s Dental Hygiene Oral Health Clinic was established to provide oral health services to all community members. The clinic provides training for 40 dental hygiene students who provide dental hygiene services (i.e. screenings, cleanings, x-rays and restorative care) to 3,500 patients each year.

For more information on Minnesota State Mankato’s dental hygiene program, contact Angela Monson, interim department chair of the program, by phone at 507-389-1016 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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. Since then, the foundation has worked to expand access to dental care for Minnesota’s underserved populations by primarily investing in programs and organizations that provide dental care to people in need. Since 2011, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation has invested more than $21 million in grants to nearly 70 programs and organizations that promote oral health. It is the largest endowed foundation in Minnesota with a mission to support oral health.

Media questions for the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation should be directed to Marketing and Communications Manager Clarise Tushie-Lessard at 612-224-3341 or

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