The advocacy documents listed below were originally developed by NRHA's Government Affairs team:

2019 NRHA advocacy materials

2018 NRHA advocacy materials

2017 NRHA advocacy materials

The policy positions listed below were originally adopted by NRHA's Rural Health Congress:

2012 NRHA Policy Papers

2011 NRHA Policy Papers

2010 NRHA Policy Papers

2009 NRHA Policy Papers

Pre-2009 Policy Papers (alpha)

The National Rural Health Association believes rural communities should have access to the most appropriately trained dental health professionals relative to the size and demographics of the community. In frontier Alaska, tribal programs experience a 25 percent annual vacancy rate and 30 percent annual turnover rate for dentists. Alaska Native children have 2.5 times more dental disease than all U.S. races. Additionally, the geography of Alaska increases the cost of providing dental care, and many villages face economic conditions that make support of a full-time dentist unfeasible. Therefore, NRHA fully endorses the provision of oral health care via dental health aides and therapists in small, frontier communities in Alaska.

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