Providing dental services to Native Americans living on reservations

The American Indian and Native American population constitutes about 1 percent of the people in the U.S. (2.8 million). Nevertheless, they are disproportionately represented in most disease categories, including those related to poor oral health. The purpose of this project is to reduce the burden of dental disease. The Walking Shield American Indian Society has teamed up with U.S. Military Reserve units to provide medical and dental care on reservations. With an established ten-year track record of utilizing military personnel to attend to the pressing health needs in the homeland, Walking Shield will extend dental care to the most remote American Indian communities. The project deliverables include creating the infrastructure support to provide dental services to treat at least 700 residents. This project will be considered successful if it establishes mobile dental sites on two reservations, coordinates the activities around the new dental deployment, standardizes the forms used at the different sites, and establishes a five-year plan of rotations by Reserve units for ongoing support.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 3/4/2004

Time frame: 4/1/2004 - 3/31/2005

Grant Number: 47198


Walking Shield American Indian Society

15032 Red Hill Avenue, Suite C
Tustin, 92780-6519


John Castillo
Project Director