Monthly Archives: May 2011
Many Native American of all ages, are without adequate, or timely access to dental care, and are severely affected by tooth decay. Toddlers, and youngsters were deemed to be most at risk. A study by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (KPCHR) joined in partnership with six Northwest tribes to conducted a research study to reduce childhood obesity, and dental cavities. The aim of the study was to determine if community based interventions can alter feeding practices, influence parents to reduce sedentary lifestyles, and if such changes can reduce childhood obesity and early childhood tooth decay. The TOTS Study is a federally funded health research study sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The program is for tribally-enrollment Native American high school or undergraduate students with strong cultural and tribal affiliation interested in becoming dentists. Students will have an opportunity to learn about dental careers; participate in clinics, labs and classes in a dental school environment; prepare for admission to dental school; and learn about financial aid.
The 2011 Arizona American Indian Oral Health Summit brought together representatives from tribes, urban Indian organizations, IHS and key state, public health and private sector stakeholders to share information, resources and strategies for improving access to dental services and the oral health of Native communities in Arizona. The two-day Summit focused on important knowledge and capacity building issues and facilitated peer-to-peer mentorship and collaborative problem solving. (Please download the Summit report here).
American Dental Association Testimony Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies
In testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies, May 3, 2011, the American Dental Association urged Congress to increase resources for IHS programs as a means of: addressing the early childhood caries crisis in Indian Country; expanding Dental Clinical and Preventative Support Centers; improving health information technology, including the complete deployment of Electronic Dental Record; and, upgrading dental facilities.
Download the ADA testimony here.
The Friends of Indian Health, a national coalition of over 50 Native and non-Native organizations and stakeholders, also provided testimony encouraging Congress to: enhance IHS oral health professional recruitment and retention efforts; increase the loan repayments account; and, improve IHS support of contracted services.
Download the Friends of Indian Health testimony here.