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.
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.”