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DE0079: Improving the Oral Health of American Indian and Alaskan Natives

Date: 4/12/2017 - 4/12/2017
Course Status: Completed
Facility: Southern Plains Tribal Health Board at River Spirit Casino Resort
Location: Tulsa, OK
Instructor: Kathy Phipps
Director: Julie Seward
Level: Basic
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, Support Staff
Quota: 1 - 100 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 1.00 (Total CDE); 1.00 (AGD - 010)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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American Indian and Alaska Native people experience more oral disease and are more likely to have unmet oral health needs than the general U.S. population. These disparities may be attributed to limited access to and use of the dental care system plus a high prevalence of risk factors such as social inequities, diet, smoking, and oral hygiene behaviors. This session will provide current information on [1] the oral health of AI/ANs highlighting trends and differences among IHS Areas plus [2] strategies designed to increase access, prevent disease, and change systems. To address the oral health crisis in Indian Country a multi-modal approach which engages the individual, family, community, tribal leadership, plus health and social service providers must be developed, implemented and sustained. This multi-modal approach should combine primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies layered with strategies to increase access and system changes to reduce the consequences of social inequities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the oral health status of AI/AN children and adults.
2. Discuss reasons why the level of oral disease is higher in the AI/AN population.
3. Describe strategies for improving the oral health of AI/AN children and adults.

Speaker / Presenter:

Kathy Phipps — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at



Tuition Payment Information:


Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.