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A journey that will take you farther. A culture that will bring you closer. - Working Together to Achieve Excellent Health

DHAT Coordinator (Dentist)

ID: 2916
Location: Bethel
Department: Dental Clinic
Employment Duration: Full time
Temporary Status: Not Applicable
Hours p/Week: 40


Your passion is in what you do, the care you provide, and the dedication with which you serve. It is the same commitment with which our people live their lives, and in turn, share their culture.

With Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska, you’ll serve the over 50 rural communities in the Yukon Delta Region who come to us for care. You’ll grow your skills and expertise in a clinically challenging environment, and experience a community environment within a community that will embrace you as one of their own.

Serving the people of Southwestern Alaska, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Hospital is a 50-bed general acute care medical facility. Fully accredited by JCAHO, services include adult med/surg, pediatrics, obstetrics, emergency room, as well as outpatient family medicine clinics, pharmacy, lab, and imaging. 


Position Summary: 

The DHAT Coordinator has the responsibility for developing the best Dental Health Aid Therapist program in the nation.  This position requires the vision and leadership needed to maintain and improve the stature of the DHAT during their preceptorship at YKHC (direct supervision) as well as during their transition to a regional site (indirect clinical supervision). This involves sustaining an environment that fosters educational excellence as well as accountability and clinical performance improvement.  The DHAT Coordinator acts as a liaison between dentists and DHAT’s for clinical practice. 


The DHAT Coordinator will personally provide clinical dental services for patients, didactic and clinical instruction, and supervision of certified DHATs and DHAT in preceptorship.  This position is responsible for the recruitment process for new DHATs, providing  DHATs clinical and logistical support, quality assurance with continuous improvement programs, clinical competencies, and for certification and re-certification of DHATs. This will include overnight travel to remote sites.  Duties during said visits include such tasks as developing and enhancing DHATcommunity relations, providing direct dental care to patients referred by the DHAT, and evaluating adherence to standard protocols and procedures by both the clinic and clinician, and other duties as assigned. 


Position Qualifications:

  • DDS or DMD degree from a dental school accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the ADA. 
  • A master in public health preferred. 
  • At least two years progressive dental public health experience in rural Alaska. 
  • Two years in management, including remote supervision of licensed professionals preferred.
  • Must have field experience delivering direct patient care in rural cross-cultural clinics.
  • Current unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the State of Alaska. 
  • DEA licensure as practitioner.
  • Eligible for successful faculty appointment at collaborative universities.
  • Eligible for successful YKHC medical staff appointment.
  • Familiar with dental equipment and hand instruments, including fixed and portable dental equipment installation and maintenance considerations. Familiar with all aspects of general dentistry, state licensing and Medicaid regulations, HIPAA, Joint Commission standards, risk management practices, methods of adult education, project management, facilities and manpower planning, dental public health, digital radiology and electronic patient records, and a sophisticated user of productivity and presentation software in a professional and academic environment. Knowledge of relevant federal, state, tribal and local regulations and programs.

Benefits Include:

Generous PTO – beginning at 4.5 weeks
Ten paid holidays
Comprehensive healthcare coverage
Life and Disability Insurance
Flexible Spending Account
School loan repayment eligibility
Tort Claims coverage
Retirement plans
Employee Wellness Center
For more information, please contact YKHC Recruitment at: 1-800-478-8905.
YKHC exercises Federal Law (PL 93-638), which allows American Indian/Alaska Native preference in hiring for all positions.

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