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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Something to Smile About: Expanding Oral Health Services in Northwest Tribal Communities

In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Christina Peters, Native Dental Therapy Initiative Project Director at Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, explains how dental aides are helping to expand oral health services in tribal communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe barriers to accessing oral health services in tribal communities.
  • Review the role of dental health aid therapists and the economic advantages of adding them to dental teams.
  • Review case examples of expanding oral health services in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; Public health nurses and oral health specialists; Primary care providers and community health clinic staff

Presenter

Christina Peters
Native Dental Therapy Initiative Project Director
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Discussion Questions

  1. How can state, tribal, and federal policies be used to expand or deny access to health care?
  2. How is your agency using policy approaches to address health disparities?
  3. Discuss the role of training in strengthening the public health and health care workforces.

Resources

Publications

Photograph of a dental health aid therapist examining a patient.
Air Date: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Topics: 
Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities
Format: 
Webinar
Duration: 
1 hour
Cost: 
Free
Series: 
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills