AAIOHI’s mission is to facilitate strategic collaboration among tribes, urban Indian organizations, communities, the oral health delivery system, and critical stakeholders to improve the oral health and wellness of American Indian communities in Arizona — on and off reservations.
Arizona American Indian Oral Health Initiative (AAIOHI) works with tribes, urban Indian communities, the oral health delivery system and stakeholders to manage and sustain a tribally driven, statewide oral health coalition that proactively facilitates:
1) Knowledge and Information sharing
2) Strategic Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Partnerships
3) Capacity Building, Training and Technical Assistance
4) Policy Formation and Advocacy.
Goal 1: Build Tribal Capacity: Strengthen the SEC, Arizona’s Native Nations and statewide stakeholders to increase oral health awareness and its value through community based and culturally relevant educational tools, resources and interventions.
- Strengthen SEC to become more knowledgeable and actively engaged advocates for oral health.
- Increase tribally driven oral health improvement opportunities.
- Strengthen oral health network.
Goal 2: Increase Awareness: Strengthen the SEC, Arizona’s Native Nations and statewide stakeholders to increase oral health awareness and its value through community based and culturally relevant educational tools, resources and interventions.
- Increase Oral Health literacy and awareness at all levels within American Indian communities
- Increase oral health knowledge about best practices in oral health interventions.
- Engage oral health providers in person-centered health care models
Goal 3: Improve Oral Health Equity: Develop oral health policies and legislative advocacy tools to improve equity in oral care.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure tribal, state, and national oral health measurement system are statically accurate, contextually relevant and culturally responsive
- Strengthen advocacy efforts focused on policies that affect oral health care coverage, access to care, workforce, delivery and prevention efforts.
The AAIOHI is currently funded by the DentaQuest Foundation Oral Health 2020 grant and Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.The Initiative works with tribes and urban Indian organizations throughout Arizona to facilitate and sustain a tribally driven, statewide coalition that seeks to improve the oral health of American Indian communities throughout Arizona. The statewide coalition is comprised of individual tribal coalitions and urban Indian coalitions. Representatives from these individual coalitions serve on an Executive Committee, which functions as a central decision making body, and represents the statewide coalition in county, state, federal, private sector, public sector and philanthropic discourses. The individual tribal and urban Indian coalitions, and the Executive Committee are informed by capacity building, resource development and public policy formation activities facilitated by issue specific committees and a technical advisory committee. IHS, tribally operated service providers, and public and private sector stakeholders play key roles on these issue specific committees as knowledge brokers, training and technical assistance providers, researchers and public policy consultants.
Access Website: DentaQuest Oral Health 2020
Statewide Executive Committee: The AAIOHI
Dr. George Bluespruce: An Introduction on AAIOHI