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Rural Project Examples: Dental workforce

funded by the Health Resources Services Administration Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE)
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: Address oral health disparities in Washington’s rural and underserved communities.
  • Intervention: The University of Washington School of Dentistry developed the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program preparing dentists for practice in rural and underserved areas.
  • Results: Since the first graduating cohort in 2012, more than 70% of RIDE graduates are practicing in rural and underserved areas.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Floyd County Dental Clinic
Updated/reviewed January 2017
  • Need: Oral healthcare for people with lower incomes or those who lack insurance in rural northwest Georgia, where few dentists accept Medicaid patients.
  • Intervention: A dental clinic that accepts Medicaid, PeachCare (Georgia's low income child health insurance program), and private pay for service was started through collaboration of a local medical center, dental college, and county health department.
  • Results: From 2015-2016, the Floyd Dental Clinic made a higher quality of oral health possible for 3,145 low-income patients.