Structural racism is a contributing factor to the ongoing disparity for Native people when it comes to oral health. That’s the conclusion of a report published this year by a collection of non-profit oral health organizations. The report’s authors say poor oral health has far-reaching, life-long implications. We’ll hear about the need for recruiting and retaining more Native dentists and what else can be done to improve the oral health divide.
Dr. George Blue Spruce (Laguna/Ohkay Owingeh), assistant dean of American Indian Affairs at A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and Assistant Surgeon General (Retired) at U.S. Public Health Service
Dr. Chloe Craig (Cherokee), Wy’ east Dentistry Program Manager at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry and At-Large Board Member for the Society of American Indian Dentists
Mariah John (Navajo), undergraduate student at the University of Arizona and part of the Mayo Clinic’s 2023 Native American Pathway Program
Break 1 music: Totah (song) The Delbert Anderson Trio (artist) MANITOU (album)
Break 2 music: Peace Calls (song) Robert Mirabal (artist) The River (Album)