Alaska Native story about innovation, oral health, and rethinking the university

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is refashioning Alaska Pacific University as a tribal college

INNOVATION. This story starts with a problem: A shortage of dentists in rural villages. Alaska Natives highest rates of tooth decay rates in the world. Program trains people from the villages to deliver basic oral health. Dentists sue. Tribes win. That story has been told. And the next chapter is extraordinary. After the success of the dental program, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium takes on a university, refashioning it as a tribal college, in order to prepare the next generation. Think of that: An entire university with one task, preparing young people for the jobs of the future, not the past.

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