The personnel who support the Dental Health Aide Therapist Program consist of core and visiting faculty, and full time staff recruited from the Alaska Native population. Visiting instructors have primary appointments in dental schools throughout the country where they provide didactic and clinical training to predoctoral students. By adapting their teaching materials to meet the needs of the DHAT program, they provide the conceptual framework the core faculty builds upon throughout the two-year training.
The core faculty have dedicated their careers to the needs of underserved populations as Public Dental Health Service officers or contractors to tribal health organizations. They possess cultural competence and have expert knowledge of the challenges of providing care in remote, rural Alaska.
I have worked for the AK Dental Health Aide Therapist Program since May 2008 and recently became the program manager. I continue to take classes to further my education, and am enrolled in ANTHC’s Pathway to Leadership Program, and am currently enrolled in a Certified Public Managers Program through distance delivery.