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.
Daniel B. KennedyBased in Klawok, AK
Employed by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation
“I have been working for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) as a Dental Health Aid Therapist since January, 2009. I received my certification on July, 2009. 2013 will be my fourth year working for SEARHC. I have practiced what I have learned at my training with many community projects that educate, teach oral hygiene instruction and prevention to Headstart programs, public schools, mothers and mothers to be, diabetics, and the elderly. I want to break down the fear barrier between patients and the dental clinic. It is an ongoing mission to convince patients not to be so scared when they come to the dental clinic. The majority of the patients have dental phobias partly due to the dental clinic located within the same building as the medical clinic.”