TRIPLER Army Community HospitalCommunity
Dental Health Activity Hawaii
We are a values-based organization made up of teams of professionals who are mission focused and continually striving to achieve a higher level of excellence in patient care, safety, dental research, graduate dental education and training.
To proudly serve our Active-Duty personnel and eligible beneficiaries by providing safe and quality oral health and dental services to influence health while improving dental readiness and wellness of the Force.
The unit is composed of 45 officers, 48 enlisted Soldiers, and 92 civilian personnel who perform clinical operations and administrative functions at the Tripler Army Medical Center Dental Clinic, Na Koa Clinic at Schofield Barracks Health Center, Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic and Fort Shafter Headquarters. The total population served is more than 20,382 beneficiaries with the main focus of sustaining the dental readiness of the Active-Duty population in order to provide senior commanders with the maximum number of deployable Soldiers.
U.S. Army Dental Health Activity Hawaii has demonstrated innovative ideas in its patient safety program, safety program, military training, leadership development and clinical operations.
A robust Patient Safety Program developed innovative safety measures to include various methods of site markings, the hand mirror technique as a component of the “Time Out” protocol, assessment teams and onboarding training for incoming personnel.
Our safety and training programs are led by high-performing officers and NCOs who develop unique ideas to engage our personnel in both military training and safety. The unit’s monthly NCO professional development and officer professional development provide leadership development in different domains to include the clinic and the field. The Red Cross Program hosted by Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic and led by a junior dental Officer annually trains and develops civilian volunteers for a future career in dental assisting.
The MRC4 Reset was the driving force to initiate patient empanelment in the clinics and to empower junior officers as dental readiness officers who collaborate with subordinate commands of the U.S. Army Hawaii. The unit continues to lead in its training and safety program while maintaining its readiness mission to reduce its non-deployable population to less than 0.9 percent.
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Residency Program is a four-year program and graduates one resident each year. OMFS residents fulfill their medical and surgical rotations at Tripler Army Medical Center and trauma rotation in Portland, Oregon and Tyler, Texas. Past residents have won several awards for their articles and poster presentations. Articles written by residents have been published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Anesthesia Progress, Journal of Case Reports and General Dentistry.
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry 2-Year Program (AEGD-2) Hawaii, is one of three comprehensive dentistry programs run by the U.S. Army. These programs provide intense focused training in all specialties of dentistry. Thanks to an agreement with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the Army AEGD-2 programs offer a master’s degree as well as a certificate of training in oral biology. The first master’s degrees were conferred in 2013. Completion of a dental research project is the major requirement for the awarding of the master’s degree. The AEGD-2 Hawaii has been recognized with awards in several research competitions, and numerous projects have been featured in peer-reviewed journals. In October 2016, a project from the AEGD-2 Hawaii was the feature article on the cover of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Several dental officers have been invited as speakers at national conferences and international conferences to include the Maxillofacial Symposium in Thailand and Singapore and the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange in Singapore.