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New screening shows highs and lows in state third graders' oral health


Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Oral health data collected in Minnesota for the first time show that the mouths of state third graders meet and exceed some national norms but fall short on others.

"The data show mixed findings," Dr. Edward Ehlinger, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said. "Oral disease is nearly 100 percent preventable, and this new information will help MDH determine what resources are needed and where best to place them to improve oral health statewide."

The percentage of screened third graders whose teeth are protected by dental sealants is significantly higher than the national norm. Those screened also have fewer untreated cavities than both the national average and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People target for 2010, according to the Oral Disease Prevention Unit's "Third Grade Oral Health Basic Screening Survey."

However, survey data also reveal that the percentage of pupils screened who have a history of tooth decay (current fillings and untreated cavities) is higher than both the national average and the Healthy People 2010 target. The Healthy People initiative provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease.

"Sealant rates indicate that Minnesota school children receive preventive treatment, yet rates of untreated and previous tooth decay are on par with the rest of the nation," Merry Jo Thoele, dental director of MDH's Oral Disease Prevention Unit said.

This is the first time the state has collected random oral screening information, and the findings are a topic at today's (Feb. 11, 2011) Minnesota Oral Health Summit in St. Paul. The summit also marks the release of the new "Minnesota Oral Health Plan," another first for Minnesota, Thoele said. The comprehensive plan is a blueprint for reducing the prevalence of oral disease by focusing on access to care; prevention, education and awareness; and workforce development. Among conference speakers are William Bailey, U.S. assistant surgeon general; Marcy Frosh, associate executive director of the Children's Dental Health Project; and Commissioner Ehlinger.

According to screening data, an average of 64 percent of state third graders screened has dental sealants on teeth, Thoele said. The national average is 23 percent and the Healthy People 2010 target is 50 percent. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to grooves on chewing surfaces of back teeth to .....
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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with pre-existing conditions continue to gain coverage through Affordable Care Act

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a health pl ..... 
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Gundersen Lutheran-Harmony Clinic welcomes Randi Berg to their staff

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Randi Berg, MD, has joined the staff at the Gundersen Lutheran - Harmony Clinic as a family medicine physician. Having lived in Decorah for the first 11 years of her life, returning to attend Luther College, and spending the past 10 years as a physi ..... 
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Volunteer needed for Semcac

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Semcac Board of Directors is looking for one person to represent the interests of the consumer from Fillmore County.

The board includes three groups from the community: one-third represent the public sector; one-third represent the consu ..... 
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Get ready for the Relay for Life kick-off!

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Relay for Life would like to invite you to two very important events coming up! Help us kick off this year's Relay for Life!

Sunday, February 20th-Kick off Breakfast 

•When? 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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Harmony blood drive collects 51 units

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 14th succeeded in collecting 51 units of blood. There were 65 donors that presented with seven first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones:

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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 14

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver's license.

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Ban the bug clinic scheduled

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In an effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza, Fillmore County Public Health will be holding flu clinics as part of the statewide Ban the Bug Campaign (December 5-11, 2010). Ban the Bug Influenza Vaccination Clinics will ..... 
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HHS Officials to Unveil Update to HealthCare.gov Insurance Finder

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 15 2010

Contact: HHS Press Office

(202) 690-6343

Doubles Number of Plans Available for Comparison in Consumer Tool

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, November 15th, Todd Park, Ch ..... 
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