July 2008

Grant Results


The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) led two outreach trips of local and national dental leaders and professionals to educate them about the use of dental health aide therapists to provide dental care to rural Alaska residents.

Dental health aide therapists perform a variety of services, including:

  • Oral health education.
  • Preventive services (fluoride, sealants and cleaning).
  • Fillings and uncomplicated extractions to reserve function and address pain and infection.

Key Results
ANTHC conducted two outreach trips with local and national dental leaders and professionals:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $15,300 from October 2006 to June 2007. The Rasmusson Foundation provided matching funds.

After the Grant
In January 2007, ANTHC and the University of Washington initiated DENTEX, a two-year Alaska-based training program for dental health aide therapists. The program was modeled after and runs under the auspices of the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest program, which trains physician assistants.

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Improving the Oral Health of Alaska Natives by Using Rural Outreach Trips to Gain Support for the Dental Health Aide Therapist Program


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (Anchorage,  AK)

  • Amount: $ 15,300
    Dates: October 2006 to June 2007
    ID#:  058516


Ronald Nagel, D.D.S., M.P.H.
(907) 729-3645

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Report prepared by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: David J. Morse