Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation allocated $2 million to fund up to ten program participants. Each participant is eligible for up to $200,000 in loan repayment in exchange for five years of service to their community and are required to serve public program patients.
Of Minnesota’s 87 counties, more than 50 are considered dental health professional shortage areas (HPSA) by the federal government. People who live in dental HPSA areas often have difficulties finding dentists near their home, which can decrease oral health.
“This investment from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation will allow me to provide dental treatment practices to people in Walker and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Steffenson. “I hope to be part of the solution of providing accessible dental care to people who need it most.”
“This loan repayment for service program means so much to me both professionally and personally. It is helping me live my dream of providing oral health care services to people in my community without the worry of student loans,” said Talberg.