RED LAKE – PrimeWest Health presented a $107,463 check to Red Lake Comprehensive Health last month to improve dental access for children on the Red Lake Reservation.
James Przybilla, chief executive officer for PrimeWest, and Matt Magnuson, PrimeWest director of membership and program development, were joined by Beltrami County Commissioner Richard Anderson in presenting the check to Red Lake Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. and Red Lake Comprehensive Health Director Oran Beaulieu.
According to the 2010 Oral Health Survey of American Indian and Alaska Natives pre-school children, 62 percent of Red Lake pre-school children have experienced dental decay by age 5, and 43 percent have an average of five teeth needing treatment.
“Untreated decay in baby teeth increases the risk of decay in the permanent teeth by 50 percent,” Oran Beaulieu said in a news release. “Treatment for these children requires a pediatric dentist. For the past 10 years, Red Lake families have had to make the trip to St. Cloud to receive treatment. Many families suffer who cannot afford to make the trip.”
Beaulieu said the money received will fund a pediatric dentist and two dental assistants.