Dental Health Aid Therapists are mid-level dental technicians trained specifically to work in rural villages. Ten years ago, the first group of Alaskan students returned from New Zealand with their certification. Now, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium offers the program in state.
DHATs are trained to do cleanings, fillings, simple extractions and provide dental education to the community that they serve. Since the program in Alaska started ten years ago, DHATs have expanded to cover more than 40,000 Alaska Native people in over 80 rural villages.