Launched in 2007 as a collaborative effort between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Center and the University of Washington, DENTEX was developed to meet the oral health needs of native Alaskan people across 200 remote villages. Students enter a 24-month program as Dental Health Aide Therapists to learn prevention services, fillings, and uncomplicated extractions while working under supervising dentists. Year 1 is classroom instruction in Anchorage. In year 2 the trainees transfer to Bethel Alaska for supervised hands-on clinical experience with local patients. Currently, nearly 40,000 Alaska Native people living in rural Alaska now have improved access to regular dental care by more than two dozen federally certified DHATs.
Corina CadzowBased in Ft. Yukon, AK
Employed by Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
I am from Fort Yukon, Alaska. My goal was to start a career that was always different and challenging. I got an education as a Dental Health Aide Therapist so I could return to my hometown and work with the people of my community. I try to make the people confortable, and educate them on how to keep from getting cavities. I have a lot of friends here and like to help in anyway I can. I like to go camping, hunting, and fishing. I also like to bead and play basketball.