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.
Eric J. LinduskaBased in King Cove Alaska
Employed by Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Inc.
“Growing up in an active rural community has allowed me to recognize qualities that make a strong community grow emotionally and physically—qualities such as teamwork, friendship, patience, hard work and honesty. My goal has been to live in the Aleutians and provide DHAT services to the people there. Knowing firsthand how poor oral healthcare is in the Aleutians, I could not have set a more challenging, inspirational and worthy goal for myself. I became a Dental Health Aide Therapist to implement preventive measures for bad oral health through education and general clinical practice. The sites that I serve are Adak, Akutan, Cold Bay, False Pass, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon, Sand Point and Whittier. ”