Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
I am from Emmonak, a community of 1,000 people at the mouth of the Yukon River. I am a person people can look up to in my community where I have worked as a dental assistant for the past 18 months. I have worked closely with a practicing DHAT. Growing up in rural Alaska I know about the lack of dental care. I want to help my community by improving the availability of routine dental services.
Shawn MartinBethel, AK
Sponsored by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“I am from the community of Bethel, the place where I was born and raised. I want to give my dental knowledge to the community. Some families can’t travel to Bethel to see a dentist due to insufficient money or time. That’s where I will come in and bring oral care to remote patients. Teach patients how to brush and floss. Tell them the importance of applying fluoride to their teeth. Teach children about cavity bugs and why they have to brush them off or have holes in their teeth. I will become a Dental Health Aide Therapist to provide preventive and routine dental care to my people.”