Barbara Berger “Excellence in Public Health Award”

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Dental Health Therapy Training program (DENTEX) was awarded the Barbara Berger “Excellence in Public Health Award” Wednesday December 5, 2007 at the Alaska Public Health Association’s Annual Summit Awards Lunch.

The program is a collaborative effort between ANTHC and the University of Washington’s MEDEX program and is the first US training site for Dental Health Therapists.

This award is based upon an individual or a program that has made substantial and unique contributions to Alaska in the Field of Public Health. Presenting this award was the President of the Alaska Health Education Consortium, Sarah Grosshuesch.

Receiving the award were Dr. Mary Williard, Clinical Director; Mary Anaruk, Program Manager; Carol Odinzoff, Project Facilitator and students: Danielle Boston of Chistochina, Daniel Kennedy of Klawock, Christopher Evan of Russian Mission and Sheena Nelson of Yakutat.

Alaska Primary Care Association’s 2010 Chinook Award

Congratulations to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Dental Health Aide Therapist Program (DENTEX) on being the recipient of Alaska Primary Care Association’s 2010 Chinook Award! The Chinook Award is awarded to an organization, individual or group of individuals who is a resource and advocate for and who significantly increases the resources available to Alaska’s safety net primary care providers

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium DENTEX Program’s commitment and dedication to increasing access to primary health care for all Alaskans strengthens Alaska each and every day.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will be presented the award on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. during the annual membership meeting at the Snow Goose Restaurant in Anchorage.

Again, congratulations to the DENTEX program on your well-deserved recognition!

Distinguished Educator Award

mary williardMary Williard, DDS, Clinical Instructor with the UW School of Medicine MEDEX program, received the National Rural Health Association’s Distinguished Educator Award at New Orleans this May, for her innovative role in training Alaska Native Dental Health Aide Therapists to meet the oral health needs of fellow villagers in the Alaska bush.

In accepting the award in New Orleans this month, Dr. Williard, Clinical Director at the Anchorage DENTEX training center, related, “I am relatively new to teaching, our training center opened January of 2007. However, in this short time, I have learned who the real heroes are – they are the students. These are exceptional people who have chosen to dedicate two years of their lives to learning new skills – skills badly needed in their home villages.” To see Mary Williard’s entire speech click here.

According to the National Rural Health Association, their criteria for selecting a recipient is as follows:

Distinguished Educator Award

The NRHA Distinguished Educator Award strives to recognize that education and curriculum development dedicated to the needs of rural health professionals has the potential to encourage, assist, enhance, expand, and improve rural health careers. Criteria used to review nominees are the scope of accomplishments, the significance of the work to rural health, the sophistication of the scholarly effort (innovativeness and originality, rigor and scientific soundness, and theoretical base), and evidence of the outcome of the work in rural health (effect on heath care policy, contribution to the advancement of the field, significance in changing patterns of health care delivery, and enhancement of rural health careers).

Savannah Bonorden

From Sitka,AK

Employed by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

“Alaska is a big state and access can be difficult especially with the conditions of weather or with the expensive of travel. So having a DHAT placed in a village setting is both rewarding and beneficial for the people. I see the dental therapists as a new mainstream for dental prevention, working together as a team with all occupations of the dental field. We’re a new kind of provider, a profession that has so much promise to the future of oral health. I see all the smiles and gratitude the patients have for the services we provide and I’m proud to be here helping. It warms my heart and gives me the sense that I’m doing something right.”