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Medica Awards $70,000 in Grants to Nebraska Health Care Organizations

Medica today announced grants totaling $70,000 to two Omaha, Neb., health care organizations. The Magis Clinic at Creighton University’s School of Medicine in Omaha will receive $20,000 to expand its prescription drug program and its immunization program for people experiencing homelessness. Visiting Nurse Association will receive $50,000 to expand and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its telehealth services in the Omaha Metro area and surrounding communities.

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Mission of Mercy

The Mission of Mercy is an annual event organized by the Minnesota Dental foundation to provide free dental services to those in need. In 2016, children and adults came from 50 different counties in Minnesota, 23 counties in North Dakota and 13 counties in other states for cleanings, extractions, root canals, dentures and more.

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Youthlink: Homeless youth get a downtown view

Young people experiencing homelessness are finding a home inside YouthLink’s new expansion Heather Huseby rattles off all the ways YouthLink's drop-in center helps 2,000 young people each year, from connecting them to schools to feeding them hot meals. But housing on site? It's a first for the organization, as well as downtown Minneapolis.

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North Metro Pediatrics

Primary care clinics have made remarkable gains over the past two years in screening adolescents and teens for depression, according to a new clinic report card from MN Community Measurement.

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Children's Dental Services

For more than 125 million Americans, basic dental care is out of reach. But there’s a solution that can help: dental therapy. A dental therapist is similar to a nurse practitioner and works under the supervision of the dentist. They can travel all over the state to help people who may have trouble accessing dental care, such as children or seniors.

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Community Dental Care of Rochester 

Rochester's newly expanded "safety net" dental clinic has received a $25,000 grant to help support a child-based program that's been a marked success in other parts of the country. A grant from the Medica Foundation was announced Tuesday by Community Dental Care, a nonprofit clinic that recently expanded operations at the new Eastwood location. The new grant is expected to help support the clinic's Program to Improve Community Oral Health.

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Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis Open Medical Facility

Imagine you are hospitalized for severe frostbite on your feet. You can't walk, and standing causes excruciating pain. You've lost your job and your home, and are about to be discharged from the hospital. You don’t have any family or friends to help and don’t know where you are going to go.

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Minnesota Dental Foundation

For two days in July, an auditorium at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN was converted into a massive outreach dental clinic. The Mission of Mercy is an annual event organized by the Minnesota Dental Foundation to provide free dental services to those in need.

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Catholic Charities

When homeless hospital patients are discharged, they face a number of different issues. Difficult self-care requirements combined with the chaos of shelters, stress and violence on the streets, and a lack of nutrition and basic facilities can result in repeated visits to the emergency room. In these situations, clients simply don’t have the basic necessities to recover.

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Range Mental Health Center

It’s challenging enough when someone who lives in a large city has a mental health crisis. For people in rural areas, it can be nearly impossible to get to care before a situation turns into a crisis. To address this challenge, Range Mental Health Center received a Medica Foundation grant to help build a Mobile Crisis Response team.

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Granite Falls Living at Home / Block Nurse Program

Staying strong helps people maintain their independence longer. For residents of Granite Falls in southwestern Minnesota, the Block Nurse Program supports this goal. People age 65 and older account for a fourth of the city’s population of 2,897.

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Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Communities

The Medica Foundation awarded a three-year strategic grant to St. David’s Center to serve Somali families. This initiative focuses on addressing the needs of the Somali community to support their children and respond to the significant rise in the diagnosis of autism in Somali children.

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St. David's Center for Child & Family Development: Making Room for Understanding

Early diagnosis and clinically proven therapeutic interventions are crucial to helping young children with a mental health diagnosis function better within their families and achieve success in school. The Medica Foundation awarded a three-year strategic grant to advance two key initiatives at St. David’s Center.

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Ascension Place: Rebuilding Lives

Women and their children coming to St. Anne's Place, an emergency housing shelter, are looking for understanding, hope, and support to overcome huge obstacles. Cathy's life was so unstable that her four year-old twin daughters seldom spoke and were still wetting the bed when they arrived. Seven months later, both are potty trained and have phenomenal vocabularies.

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Apple Tree Dental: Dental Care for People with Disabilities

In 2011, a series of cuts to Minnesota's Medical Assistance dental benefits limited dental care for adults with disabilities who lived in group homes. During this time, several dental clinics in southern Minnesota closed, significantly reducing access to dental care for low-income people.

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Hennepin County Medical Center: Mother-Baby Program

The Mother-Baby Program at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is the first of its kind in Minnesota, offering a range of mental health services to support women and families. Only three other programs of this type exist nationwide.

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Hammer: Creating a Community Life Department

In January 2014, Hammer received some great news. We were awarded a $30,000 grant from the Medica Foundation to expand our healthy living initiatives into a Community Life Department. A Program Coordinator was hired to create activities that more comprehensively addressed nutrition, fitness and personal wellness for people with disabilities at Hammer homes.

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