Healthy Smiles Through Tribal Partnerships

California Dental Support Center provides technical assistance and resources to 36 Tribal and urban health programs (107 Tribes), which operate 58 dental clinics, in the state of California.  The Dental Support Center provides educational presentations and preventive resources to 22 Head Start/ Early Head Start sites, and Tribal Day care centers that operate separately from the health programs.

Our Mission:

To reduce dental decay in Native American infants, children and adults in California Tribal communities. Provide training, technical assistance, and resources to Tribal and urban dental clinics operating in California.

The California Dental Support Center is one of the eight (8) centers funded by the Indian Health Service Clinical and Preventive Dental Support Centers Project.

Dental Support Center Goals:

1. Reduce and prevent oral diseases in AI/AN children and their families through clinic based and community based initiatives.

2. Reduce the prevalence of oral disease among pregnant mothers, youth and adults in California tribal communities.

3. Continue to improve and enhance the services provided through the Dental Support Center.

Eva-Marie Del Puerto
Dental Support Center Coordinator
(916) 929-9761

Rosario Arreola Pro, MPH
Health Systems Development Director
(916) 929-9761