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New class of DHATs completes training in Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska—Seven more Dental Health Aide Therapists have graduated from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s training program, bringing the total number of DHATs practicing in rural Alaska to 24.

In a video posted on the website of the NBC affiliate TV station in Alaska,, several DHAT-trainees are interviewed along with a representative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. (Watch the video here.) In the video, a KTUU reporter states that DHATs “are to dentistry what nurse practitioners were to doctors” several years ago.

The Kellogg foundation is investing more than $16 million by 2014 in its Dental Therapist Project. Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont and Washington are the states targeted for dental therapist initiatives. (Read about the Kellogg initiative here.)

The ADA’s statement on the limitations of the Kellogg study are mentioned in the KTUU video. Kellogg’s Dental Therapist Project focuses exclusively on expanding a single provider model based on the controversial DHAT.