Monthly Archives: November 2011
Arizona Native American Oral Health Care Coalition Receives DentaQuest Foundation’s Oral Health 2014 Initiative to Eliminate Oral Health Disparities
October 17, 2011 – The DentaQuest Foundation has selected a coalition of Arizona tribal organizations and public and private oral health stakeholders to join its Oral Health 2014 Initiative. The Arizona Dental Foundation will serve as the fiscal agent for the group. The Coalition will receive resources to support its work to tackle the severe oral health disparities among the Native American community in Arizona, where children have decay rates that are 400% greater than the national average and one in four tribal elders is without natural teeth.
The initiative grew out of the recommendations of the first ever Arizona American Indian Oral health Summit held in April of this past year. The Summit was jointly planned and organized by the project’s partners. A full report of the Summit can be viewed at: http://azda.org/Download/AZ_AmericanIndian/index.html