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

August 23, 2016. In this one-hour webinar, Christina Peters, Native Dental Therapy Initiative Project Director at Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, speaks about the use of dental aides to expand oral health services in tribal communities.

Quick Facts

Topics: Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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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.

Air date: August 23, 2016, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PT)

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

Slides

Resources

Factsheets and Maps

  • Native Dental Therapy Factsheet (PDF)
  • Oral Health in Indian Country Factsheet (PDF)
  • Building Momentum for Dental Therapists (PDF)
  • The Oral Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Children Aged 1-5 Years: Results of the 2014 IHS Oral Health Survey (PDF)

Publications

Recording

A recording of this webinar is available through PH LearnLink.

Quick Facts

Topics: Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

NWCPHP trainings are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

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.

Competencies

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