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Creighton Hosts Summer Enrichment Program for Native American Students

Omaha, Neb.—Creighton University School of Dentistry is hosting a four-week Pre-Dental Summer Enrichment Program for Native American students June 20-July 15.

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.

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2011 Arizona American Indian Oral Health Summit

John Lewis, Executive Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

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).

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ADA President Meets with Tribal Leaders in the Southwest

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona President, and Ft. Mojave Nation Vice President, Shan Lewis, AzDA Executive Director Kevin Earle, ADA President Dr. Raymond Gist, ITCA Executive Director John Lewis, ITCA Dental Director Dr. Alyssa York.

American Dental Association President, Dr. Raymond Gist visited key Native American communities and organizations in New Mexico and Arizona during the month of March to advance oral health outreach and raise awareness in Indian Country. While the Arizona and New Mexico Dental Associations have made numerous trips to Indian Nations to meet with tribal leaders over the past year, it was Dr. Gist’s first visit to Indian Country.

Central to Dr. Gist’s tour is the ADA’s Native American Oral Health Care Project, an initiative focusing on collaborating with tribal leaders, health directors and policy makers to develop a comprehensive approach for improving oral health in Indian Country. The project, which was established by the Arizona and New Mexico Dental Associations in 2010, addresses the imbalance in access to quality oral health care among Native Americans.

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Committed to Oral Health Care of Native Americans

Kevin Earle and Mark Moores, executive directors  of the Arizona Dental Association and the New Mexico Dental Associations respectively, co-wrote an article featured in Indian Country Today titled Earle & Moores:  Dentists Committed to Oral Health Care of Native Americans.

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