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IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH): Feature



Domestic violence is a health care problem of epidemic proportions.  Oral health providers are in a pivotal position for identifying head, face, and neck injuries typical of domestic violence or child abuse. To raise awareness about this public health issue, the Division of Oral Health encourages dental providers to become better informed by downloading, reading, and sharing with others the following resources:


  • “Silence is Deadly” (12/3/2008 - PDF - 185KB) was published in the June, 2008 issue of AGD Impact.  The article describes the dentist’s role in domestic violence prevention.  Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, was given permission to post this article on the dental portal acknowledging the copyright permission from the Academy of General Dentistry. 



  • Carolyn Aoyama, CNM, MPH, the Indian Health Service Senior Consultant for Women's Health, announced a web-based "portal" to materials on domestic violence and oral health is now available at This portal is the result of collaboration among IHS Division of Oral Health, IHS Women's Health, HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.  


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