Oral Health & the Indian Health Service

I would like to call attention to a recent report by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health. The Oral Health of 13-15 Year-Old AI/AN Dental Clinic Patients – A Follow-Up Report to the 2013 Survey shows that the oral health of American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents has improved substantially over the past two decades. Despite these improvements, oral health disparities still exist in AI/AN adolescents when compared to the general United States population, but the gap is narrowing. Let us continue working together to improve health equity in all of our communities.

At the Dugoni School, we continue building good relationships with partners at the IHS.  In fact, our team has been working on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Health Service in Sacramento. We plan to add a rotation site in Sacramento to give students more learning opportunities in the future.

To learn more about the California Area Indian Health Service, visit their website.

Building partnerships and expanding the role of the Dugoni School as a community partner in health and wellness is one part of our school’s strategic plan — “Transforming the Future of Oral Health Education.” Our relationship with IHS is just one way we are building toward a successful future, as we strive to fulfill our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.” –Norman Vincent Peale

Be well and please continue to keep yourself and one another safe.