American Indian and Alaska Native Oral Health: Challenges and Opportunities


Webinar Date
CE Credits
1 hour

The oral health disparities American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) communities face can be directly linked to colonization. Several centuries later, striking and alarming inequities persist and are calling out for solutions.  

In this webinar — a collaboration between CareQuest Institute and native-led organizations — a panel of experts will detail those disparities, highlighting several statistics and examples about access to care and health outcomes. The panel will discuss findings and recommendations from a new white paper, “American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Face a ‘Disproportionate Burden of Oral Disease’: Reversing Inequities Involves Challenges and Opportunities.” They’ll also share ongoing culturally and community-driven strategies — for providers, policymakers, and educators — to improve AI/AN oral health.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the specific and systemic barriers to oral health care, such as structural racism, that native communities face in accessing oral health care.  
  • Discuss the importance of culturally and community-driven strategies for improving oral health in native communities.
  • Examine opportunities for implementing and supporting the development of culturally and community-driven strategies for improving oral health in native communities.
  • Analyze the multifactorial solutions native-led organizations are implementing to improve the oral health system for native communities.

Moderator & Presenter

Cristin Haase, DMD, MPH, President, Society of American Indian Dentists


Julie Seward, RDH, MEd, Oral Health Programs Manager, Southern Plains Tribal Health Board  

Miranda Davis, DDS, MPH, Director, Dental Health Aide Program, Tribal Community Health Provider Program

Kari Ann Kuntzelman, Dental Health Aide Education Specialist and Dental Therapist, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Immediate Past President of the American Dental Therapy Association

This webinar will be recorded.




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