Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
I am three quarters Yupik Eskimo, and my current home is in Atmautluak, alongside the Johnson River. I see myself as a role model for kids in this small community, letting them know there is more to life after graduating high school. I am becoming a DHAT so I can help my community live in a healthier environment without having to travel out of their home village in order to receive dental care. I want to help Alaskans all over keep their healthy teeth in the future to come.
Bonnie JohnsonBased in Emmonak, AK
Employed by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“I was raised in a village that did not receive consistent dental care. Dental providers would come and go. Unfortunately, there were villages that did not receive any dental care. Now, I am a Dental Health Aide Therapist who is able to provide much needed dental care to 4 villages on the Yukon Delta. I am able to educate many that had little or no knowledge of the importance of good oral hygiene. The majority of the children were fearful of dental because they usually had experienced the trauma of having teeth extracted in a papoose board. Now that I have been stationed in the Emmonak sub-region for over a year, children anticipate a fun dental visit. I am proud to provide preventive and basic restorative dental care to rural Alaska.”