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Allina grants $1,000 to dental program

Allina Health recently contributed $1,000 to the Pierce County Public Health Department. At the check presentations were (left to right): Deb Callow, RN, Board of Health, Jon Aubart, Board of Health, Katie Bartko, RD, Public Health Department, Greg Place, Board of Health, Sue Galoff, Director, Public Health Department, Ron Bartels, Board of Health, David Miller, Allina Health, Ruth Wood, Board of Health, David Woeste, MD, Board of Health, Michael Kahlow, Board of Health, and Heather Logelin, Allina Healt...

Allina Health has made a $1,000 contribution to the Pierce County Public Health Department.

The funds were designated to support the health department's new partnership with Southside Community Health Services, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit which will provide dental services to uninsured, low-income residents of the county.

"Southside is a federally qualified health center with a mobile dental van," said Sue Galoff, Director of the Pierce County Health Department. "The grant from Allina Health will help cover the cost of getting the van to Pierce County."

Galoff explained the van will provide services not only to patients with BadgerCare, who often struggle to find a dental provider, but also those without any dental insurance at all. Southside provides services on a sliding fee scale, meaning those with the least income are charged the least.

"We know that oral health is a key component of overall health," said Heather Logelin, Allina Health's Director of Community Engagement in Western Wisconsin. "We are pleased to support this new partnership, improving access to dental services for uninsured and low-income individuals in our region."

The $1,000 contribution was funded through Allina's charitable contributions program, which provides support to organizations working to meet the needs of the communities served, and was recommended by a committee of River Falls Area Hospital employees.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the mobile dental van during an upcoming trip to Pierce County, call Southside Community Health Services at 612-822-9030.