Grand Opening Scheduled for
Health Education Center
Marquette Dental School Proud
to Expand Outreach to the Eau Claire Area
October 19, 2004
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University Dental School is proud to announce
the Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting ceremony of the Health Education
Center in Eau Claire . The center is the product of a partnership
between Chippewa Valley Technical College , Marquette University
, and UW Health Family Medicine Clinic, and brings dental care
to low-income patients in the Chippewa Valley .
Friday's program will begin with the official ribbon
cutting at 11:00 a.m followed by tours
of the new facility and a luncheon at noon. A community
open house is planned for Saturday, October 23,
2004 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
As part of a dental school outreach program, Marquette sends
two dental students and a dental resident to the clinic two to
three days a week to treat low-income and Medicaid patients. In
addition to the Chippewa Valley clinic, Marquette has participated
in a similar arrangement in Appleton for nearly a year, has a
new affiliated clinic opening in Ladysmith within the next few
months, and plans to expand into other rural Wisconsin areas in
the near future. Every Marquette dental student is required to
complete an assigned rotation to each of the outreach sites.
“We understand that this program is not enough to support the
full need for care in these areas, which are suffering from a
shortage of dental providers,” said Dr. Bill Lobb, Dean of Marquette
's Dental School. “But we hope that by introducing the students
to the level of need and appreciation for their services in these
communities, they will consider moving to these areas to practice
For more information on the dental outreach program at Marquette,
please contact Anne Broeker in the Office of Public Affairs.