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Resources by Topic: Dental workforce

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists
Tools and resources to help dentists respond to COVID-19. Includes information, news, and guidance related to infection control, dental workforce safety, and practice management.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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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: 01/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Arkansas Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
County-level map of Arkansas showing the Dental Health HPSAs (Health Professional Shortage Areas) in the state.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
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Strengthening the Entry-Level HealthCare Workforce: Finding a Path
Examines gaps in the existing healthcare workforce, challenges facing entry-level healthcare workers (EHCW), current EHCW training programs and contexts where training programs are used effectively, and strategies and policy opportunities to strengthen the EHCW. Includes rural references throughout and case studies for programs in rural Alaska and Washington. Provides an interactive inventory of existing policies and programs that support EHCW training, recruitment, and retention.
Additional links: Entry-Level Health Care Workforce: Information and Programs Visualization Tool
Author(s): Shira H. Fischer, Ryan K. McBain, Laura J. Faherty, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, RAND Corporation
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Medical-Dental Integration Manual
Provides guidance to North Dakota's rural primary care providers looking to integrate a dental hygienist into their practice. Highlights rules and regulations, billing, scope of practice, and workflow issues, among other topics.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: North Dakota Department of Health, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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How Evidence-based Is US Dental Workforce Policy for Rural Communities?
Examines the alignment of policy and infrastructure with evidence-based strategies to promote access to oral health services for rural people. Focuses on best practices as well as barriers and facilitators to implementation of workforce strategies to increase the availability of services. Presents a scoping review of the evidence behind key strategies in the U.S. health policy context.
Author(s): Miranda Werts, Ginachukwa Amah, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Evaluation of Dental Student Rotations in North Dakota Federally Qualified Health Centers
Report details the rotations of dental students in North Dakota's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Highlights oral health providers shortages and discusses barriers to North Dakota FQHCs attracting dental students both pre- and post-rotation.
Author(s): Shawnda Schroeder, Shane Knutson
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Boosting Oral Health Care in Rural Communities
Details barriers to oral healthcare in rural areas and highlights some of the methods states are implementing to overcome those barriers. Discusses teledentistry, mobile dental programs, and loan repayment, as well as federal support for state programs.
Author(s): Erik Skinner
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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Innovative Health Care Provider Roles
Discusses healthcare provider types that might have the potential to benefit rural communities including community health workers, community paramedics, patient advocates, health coaches, and dental therapists.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Virginia's Dental Hygienist Workforce: 2020
An overview of the Virginia dental hygienist workforce based on data from the 2020 Dental Hygienist Workforce Survey. Features statistics on the number of dental hygienists working in rural Virginia as well as how many grew up in rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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