Our Mission:

To build healthier Native communities by connecting oral health to overall health and wellness through peer support, collaboration, and community engagement.

Our Vision:

Healthy tribal communities have equitable access to quality oral health care

About NOHN:

The Native Oral Health Network (NOHN) is the first oral health network in Oklahoma focusing on Native communities. We are advocates, educators, and professionals who know that oral health is essential to overall health and well-being, which is important in our tribal communities. NOHN provides a platform for resources, peer support, and community engagement. JOIN US  in improving oral health and addressing health inequities within Native families.

NOHN is funded through the Center of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the CDC under the grant “Building Public Health Infrastructure in Tribal Communities to Accelerate Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Indian Country” and the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources Program.

Our Goals

  • Improve the public perception of oral health and emphasize the connection of oral health to overall health and wellness
  • Promote collaboration and partnerships between our members and community members through professional development, peer support, and networking.
  • Promote the importance of prevention
  • Empower and support health leaders, advocates, and educators

Our Core Values

  • Collaboration
    • We respect the diverse perspectives and expertise our members bring to the network.
  • Community Engagement
    • We are servant leaders that listen and uplift the community voice.
  • Culture
    • We respect the diverse cultures of our members and the communities we serve.
  • Creativity
    • We are innovative thinkers and problem solvers addressing oral health inequities.

NOHN is made up of over 100 individuals representing Tribal nations and organizations, in addition to state, national and community organizations.

This is the Native Oral Health Network (NOHN) quarterly “Reflect and Regroup” meeting from Thursday, March 3 at 11 am (CT). During this meeting, we provided updates on NOHN resources, activities, and policy. For this quarter’s spotlight feature we heard from Dr. Jessica Rickert from Delta Dental of Michigan Anishinaabe Dental Outreach.

This webinar will provide an overview of current dental clinic best practices within the Indian health system, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Oral health practitioners from two Tribes in Oklahoma will speak on how their clinics are operating during the global pandemic, steps they are taking to protect patients and providers as facilities begin to resume normal operations, services they are offering through virtual tele-dentistry, and how they are managing reimbursement and third party billing issues.

Dental Therapy: The Basics is the first webinar in the Native Oral Health Network’s three-part series about dental therapy. This webinar will be an introduction and brief overview of the dental health aide therapy (DHAT) provider model. Experts on the subject will discuss what the DHAT provider model is, how dental therapy has been implemented, what dental therapy looks like in practice, and the impact of dental therapy on Native communities across the country.
Tribal Innovations for Improving Access to Oral Health Care” is the second webinar in the Native Oral Health Network’s three-part series on dental therapy. This webinar will highlight dental therapy outreach and advocacy activities happening throughout Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, in addition to other activities to improve access to oral health care. This webinar will also highlight a certified Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) serving Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington State.

Further Considerations for Dental Therapy in Oklahoma is the last webinar in the Native Oral Health Network’s three-part series on dental therapy. During this webinar, we hear from a panel of experts that provide reflections on past advocacy efforts and how we can build on those experiences in Oklahoma. We take a deeper dive into dental team dynamics when a dental therapist is part of that team. We also talk about how we can continue conversations to improve access to dental care in our tribal communities.

R&R with the Native Oral Health Network (NOHN) is the first general meeting for NOHN for 2021. Participants take time to Reflect & Re-Group on the accomplishments and direction of the NOHN. This presentation takes a look at NOHN’s work over the last year, areas of growth, and engages in discussion to identify ways NOHN can continue its work to better serve its Indigenous communities.

Project Manager
Julie Seward RDH, MEd
Email: jseward@spthb.org
Phone: (405) 339-7225

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