First year students take up residence in Anchorage to begin their studies as Dental Health Aide Therapists. Often this means leaving families and communities behind to begin a training program that includes one year of classroom instruction in oral health principles and practices. Students are immersed in the didactic material, but also perform fillings on mannequins as patients. They also see real patients, both child and adult, providing them with diagnostic and preventive services.
Angelica AfcanEmmonak, AK
Sponsored by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“Growing up I remember the dentist traveling to our town once or twice a year. It would be announced on the VHF and their schedule would be booked immediately. Those who were unable to schedule were forced to wait until the next trip the dentist made into town. I do not remember a face or a name of any dentists that I saw as a child. To me, a dentist was a man with a mask and no name. I would like to be part of a revolution that creates access to good dental care at home; a revolution that gives a face and a name to the person providing dental care.”