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Dental association receives UCare grant

MINNEAPOLIS — UCare’s UCare Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors to support the Minnesota Oral Health Program’s efforts to reduce childhood caries (cavities or tooth decay) in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties through community-wide oral health education and oral care services available through primary care medical providers.

The UCare Foundation is a community-directed initiative of UCare, the fourth-largest health plan in Minnesota. UCare focuses its grant-making on programs and initiatives that improve the health of underserved populations across Minnesota with innovative services, education, community outreach, and research.

In 2014, UCare distributed 27 community grants totaling $1,013,100 and three research grants totaling $200,619 to Minnesota organizations working to improve the health of people of all ages, cultures and abilities. UCare Foundation grants were awarded to organizations meeting four health improvement-related grant criteria for 2014: preventive health care; chronic disease management; promoting healthy lifestyles; and programs for people with disabilities.

UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 450,000 members.