Cristin Haase is keeping her dream alive.
Cristin, a Year 1 Dreamstarter, wanted to increase the number of Native dental health providers help more Native youth become dentists by creating a mentorship program that would bring pair prospective young American Indian dentists with current American Indian dental student mentors.
Young American Indian students who dream of becoming dentists to the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, where she is a student, and pair them with American Indian dental student mentors.
“This workshop is exactly what I needed to gain a better understanding on what it takes to become a dentist and why it is so important for the betterment of all American Indians.” -Ashlie Red Fox
The first Pre-Admissions Workshop (PAW) workshop was launched in February 2016 for high school seniors and college students. The Pre-Admissions Workshop (PAW) helped pave the way for American Indian youth to enter the field of dentistry and help overcome the barriers they face in the application process.
The 2016 three day workshop included discussions about the importance of workshop involved creating a support network, provided ing copies of the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, which helped clarified the differences between each dental schools, handed ing out study guides for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), and even .
Finally, the workshop provided hands on experience by allowing each student to set up job shadow job hours in the dental fields.
“This workshop is exactly what I needed to gain a better understanding on what it takes to become a dentist and why it is so important for the betterment of all American Indians.” -Ashlie Red Fox, PAW participant
This past January Cristin hosted a second workshop with an additional $5,000 from Running Strong.
One of the attendees of the workshop, Joshua “Teague” Rutherford gained a lot from the workshop in January.
“For me, meeting all the Indian people who are working towards in dentistry to help their people, and to accomplish the same goals I am, was the biggest impact of PAW. It was a positive experience to know that other people are struggling to do the same things I am.”
Cristin’s workshop has helped a multitude of American Indian youth and there will be a 2018 PAW workshop!
If you know any AI/AN students who are interested in dentistry and would like to attend the 2018 Predental Admission Workshop, please contact:
Vikki Driving Hawk, Director of the National Center for American Indian Health Professionals (480)219-6108 firstname.lastname@example.org)