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Sugared fruit drinks as a sociobehavioral determinant of health in Alaska Native communities

Donald Chi

Donald Chi


Fruit drinks like Tang and Kool-Aid are main sources of added sugar in Alaska Native children. Added sugar causes tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. In this seminar, Dr. Chi will describe his experiences providing dental care to Alaska Native children and the steps involved in developing a community-based sociobehavioral intervention aimed at reducing fruit drink intake in Alaska Native communities. He will provide lessons learned on the implementation and evaluation of the intervention as well as strategies in disseminating findings.


Donald L. Chi is professor and the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Endowed Chair of Oral Health at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (Seattle, USA) and is Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Chi is Co-Director of the NIH-funded T90/R90 training grant. He is dual board-certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. His research program focuses on understanding the causes of oral health inequities and addressing them through community-based behavioral interventions and evidence-based policies. He received the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award and was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2018. Dr. Chi is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. He teaches public health and provides dental care as a staff pediatric dentist at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle.