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ADA supports new IHS credentialing system legislation

July 25, 2017 Washington — The ADA supports the medical credentialing system provision of the Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017, ADA President-elect Joseph P. Crowley July 20 told the Western Caucus Foundation.

Dr. Crowley
The Indian Health Service Act of 2017, Senate bill 1250, calls for the Indian Health Services to implement an agency-wide centralized credentialing system to credential licensed health care professionals who seek to provide health care services at any IHS facility.

"Working closely with Navajo tribal leaders, the ADA is currently supporting implementation of a 10 Year Health and Wellness Plan, which includes oral health and is designed to reduce oral disease by 50 percent among the Navajo tribal communities," Dr. Crowley said. "This will be done by developing a foundation of prevention, early detection and treatment of dental disease, and utilizing interprofessional models of care, while providing timely and accessible oral health services."  

Dr. Crowley also talked about the important role community health workers play in serving Native American communities and explained the ADA's Community Dental Health Coordinator model, noting that "before the end of this summer, the CDHC program will have over 100 graduates working in 21 states," including 16 CDHCs working in tribal facilities.

The Western Caucus Foundation is an organization "committed to educating public policymakers and communicating with the public in an effort to enhance, sustain and preserve the West's dynamic and unique culture."

Its honorary chairs are Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., a dentist and ADA member, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Follow all of the ADA advocacy efforts at