Throughout the Northwest, funders look for innovative ways to invest in stronger communities. In this member briefing, learn about one such model that brings accessible, affordable dental health care to Native and rural communities in Alaska, and now, Washington state. American Indian/Alaska Native communities have partnered with funders in Alaska to develop, implement, and scale the Dental Therapy (DHAT) model, and Northwest Tribal leaders and funders are working together to bring DHATs to the lower 48 states. The DHAT model is not only an innovative, evidence-based approach to delivering culturally-relevant health care, it also addresses racial equity and reduces health disparities, serves as an economic and workforce development model, and supports Tribal sovereignty.
Representatives from Arcora Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board will share their work to support Native communities in their journey to develop the model in Alaska, and to bring the model – and a DHAT education and training program - to the Northwest. Participants will discuss the DHAT model and talk about how to partner with and support Tribal communities and Native organizations.
This briefing is particularly relevant to anyone wanting to expand their understanding of cross-issue funding initiatives, and who want to learn more about supporting rural and Native community health. Register to join online or in person.