Resolution on the Need for Formal Demonstration Programs to Improve Access to Preventive and Therapeutic Oral Health Services
Whereas, The American Association of Public Health Dentistry views access to preventive and therapeutic oral health services as vitally important for all Americans,
Whereas, the AAPHD desires to foster broad-based policies and programs to help alleviate oral diseases,
Whereas, many populations, such as the Alaska Native population living in remote and isolated villages, have overwhelming unmet oral health needs,
Whereas, access to preventive and therapeutic oral health care for these populations is not readily available,
Whereas, in compliance with federal law, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has initiated a pilot program based on a long-standing training model to begin to address Native Alaskans’ unmet needs with their Dental Health Aide Program, and
Whereas, other model programs may now exist or be created that could provide effective and novel ways to improve access for high need populations, then
Be it resolved, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry strongly supports innovative demonstration programs aimed at improving access to preventive and therapeutic oral health services for underserved populations and commits to working with the communities of interest to assure an independent and formal evaluation and dissemination of accurate information to the public and the profession about such model programs.
Submitted by Dr. Myron Allukian, Jr. May 3, 2005.