JULY 9, 2014 — Wisconsin Dental Association President Dr. Julio Rodriguez, a general dentist in Brodhead, today released the following statement regarding Marshfield Clinic’s decision to focus on current and successful oral health care access and education efforts and to return a $10 million building grant to the State of Wisconsin.

“The Wisconsin Dental Association applauds Marshfield Clinic leadership for deciding to channel its organization’s resources into existing programs that are proving helpful in reducing barriers to oral health care in Wisconsin’s rural areas and to return a $10 million building grant back to the state.

“The state’s largest association for dental professionals — representing nearly 3,000 licensed dentists and dental hygienists — looks forward to working with Marshfield Clinic on further reducing barriers to dental care in the Badger State through initiatives such as, a post-baccalaureate training program which is attracting and preparing students for dental school and a general dental residency that is helping train new dentists to be rural practitioners.

“Wisconsin’s future need for dentists will be met through the recently-expanded Marquette University School of Dentistry and its increased class size from 80 to 100 students. And, the WDA is committed to working with both MUSOD and Marshfield Clinic to enhance the placement of dental practitioners in rural and underserved areas.

“Building on existing programs that have demonstrated positive results is a ‘healthy choice’ for our state.”