NAVAJO-APACHE-GILA ORAL HEALTH COALITION

NAVAJO-APACHE-GILA ORAL HEALTH COALITION

The Navajo-Apache-Gila (NAG) Oral Health Coalition (OHC) creates opportunities to partner with oral health professionals, preventive services programs and community agencies; share resources; support innovative modes of service delivery to change oral health behaviors; and increase access to care, aligning with state and national research and best practice.

NAG OHC serves all residents of Navajo, Apache and Gila Counties including the contiguous Tribal communities within the Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache and San Carlos Apache Tribes. In its 10th year, the Navajo-Apache-Gila Oral Health Coalition has built a strong regional representation/membership that continues to develop a system of accessible oral health and, to that end, supports the efforts of other regional and state coalitions and initiatives to effect policy change.

Please join us for a community event or a scheduled meeting, held Friday mornings, 8 times a year.

Navajo-Apache-Gila Oral Health Coalition is a Navajo County Public Health Services Community Program; Generously funded by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation with a mission to improve the oral health of uninsured and underserved children and families in Arizona.

HOLBROOK HIGH SCHOOL DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Every February the classroom of the Holbrook Head Start Pre-School Teacher- R. Cherie Garcia, did a lesson on Dental Awareness. This is what she says, "During the week' time the classroom was set up with a dental office where the children were able to play roles that include patient, Dentist, assistants, and receptionist. We added in dental pictures, puppets, X-rays, and Dental Kits to the classroom environment. We read many stories to help children prepare and better understand why dental health and visits are important. We talked about what is dentist is, what a dentist has and what a dentist does. We teach review and incorporate the meaning of new dental vocabulary words. We went over how to properly brush our teeth and what types of activities and foods keep our teeth healthy and happy".

Playing dentist, teaching lessons to peers on what they have learned, building tooth fairy traps, and doing experiments/nutrition activities to see the effects of soda on teeth, were some of the children's favorite activities. She also mentions, "I truly enjoy the Dental Awareness unit and the pride that the children take in caring for their teeth. I feel that the children and their families are better prepared for Dental visits and have a better understanding of why we encourage them in the Head Start Program". 

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT NAVAJO-APACHE-GILA ORAL HEALTH COALITION?

Contact:
Connie Baine, NAG OHC Regional Coordinator | bainec1@frontiernet.net
Regina Rich, NAG OHC Chair | gina_cory@yahoo.com