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.
Samantha B. BrownKotzebue, AK
Sponsored by the Maniilaq Association
“I was born and raised in a family that has a history of Inupiaq dancing. I’ve been dancing since I could walk. This is my way of keeping our traditions alive—singing and dancing the Inupiaq songs while wearing traditional regalia. I would say this is a very important piece of my culture to hold close to my heart, for it has taught me unity in diversity. There is no doubt that Alaska is short of dental providers. This is a place where I see myself giving back to my community. Dental school is my next step in life not only because my fellow Alaskans need more dental providers, but because I know in my heart that this is what I want to do.”