Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center
The overall goal of the NTDSC is to address the broad challenges and opportunities associated with the 36 IHS and Tribal preventive and clinical dental programs utilizing the combined resources and infrastructure of IHS Headquarters and IHS Portland Area, indirectly improving the oral health of the Native American people in the Pacific Northwest. The objectives of NTDSC are to provide clinical and preventive program support, implement an Area-wide surveillance system to track oral health status, provide continuing dental education opportunities, and work with IHS Headquarters and other dental support centers towards meeting national HP/DP objectives. The objectives of NTDSC are supported through ongoing communication with local dental programs via site visits, email groups, telephone consultation, and an annual Prevention Coordinatorsâ€™ meeting.
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