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2022 West Virginia Health Sciences and Rural Health Report
Review of medical school enrollment, licensing rates, student debt ratios, residency training, and retention rates in West Virginia, with special focus on the Rural Health Initiative Program. Includes dental and pharmacy program profiles, and describes the Medical Student Loan Program and the Health Sciences Service Program, providing financial awards to health professionals who agree to practice in underserved areas of West Virginia.
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
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Dental Therapy Resource Guide
Describes the role of dental therapists in expanding access to dental health care in rural and underserved communities. Outlines the status of state laws and regulations regarding dental therapy education and practice as of August 2021. Compares the scope of practice of dental therapists to other dental care providers.
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Care
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan dental care HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan dental care HPSAs on another. Data source: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 11/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Financial and Policy Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on U.S. Dental Care Workers
Research brief evaluating trends and differences of the dental healthcare workforce before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assesses the impact of dental healthcare worker (DHCW) shortages by state and geographic region, and mentions rural throughout. Features statistics on wages and total number of employed DHCWs by profession type from 2015-2021, and a state-level map showing percent change in DHCWs from 2019-2021.
Author(s): Sean Boynes, Hayam Megally, Don Clermont, et al.
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Institute of Dental Public Health
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North Dakota Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Health
County-level map displaying North Dakota's designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Dental HPSA facilities.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) Meeting Minutes, August 2, 2022
Summarizes the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) meeting held August 2, 2022. Features updates from the Bureau of Health Workforce on the Title VII Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program (DFLRP) and Title VII and preventive medicine, including information on the shortage of preventive medicine physicians in rural areas.
Additional links: Presentations
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
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Moral Distress Among Clinicians Working in US Safety Net Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study
Explores the causes and levels of moral distress experienced by clinicians treating low-income primary care, dental, and behavioral health patients in safety net practices and participating in education loan repayment programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Features statistics on reported degree of moral distress related to work experienced during the pandemic, with breakdowns by discipline and practice type, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Service or tribal site, and Rural Health Clinics.
Author(s): Donald E. Pathman, Jeffrey Sonis, Thomas E Rauner, et al.
Citation: BMJ Open, 2022
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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Wisconsin Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Health Care
Shows Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and HPSA facilities in Wisconsin.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Assessing the Characteristics of New York State Dentists Serving Medicaid Beneficiaries
Results of a study exploring the demographic, educational, and practice characteristics of dentists in New York, to understand which factors are associated with dentists' participation and their level of participation in the Medicaid program. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Author(s): Shen Wang, Robert Martiniano, Kristen Stiegler
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Communities in Crisis: Exploring the PA Oral Health Workforce Shortages
Webinar presenting a panel discussion of Access to Oral Health Workforce Report: Part I, a July 2022 report on the status of the dental workforce in Pennsylvania. Transcript available by clicking the three dots on the line above the red Subscribe button.
Author(s): Helen Hawkey, Kelly A. Braun, Lauren Wagner, Meghan Bastin, Sean C. Boynes
Date: 08/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health
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