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Resources by Topic: Dental workforce

More Than a Smile: An Examination of Rural Dental Health Care in Nebraska
Explores the link between oral and total health, and identifies primary barriers to dental health care in rural Nebraska and efforts to increase access. Includes county-level maps of Nebraska and the United States, showing Dental Health Professional Shortages Areas as of 2019.
Author(s): Lauren Taylor, Jordan Rasmussen
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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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: 10/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Minnesota's Dental Therapist Workforce
Provides an overview of the dental therapist workforce in Minnesota, including the history of the profession in the state, educational programs, scope of practice, and licensing requirements. Reports results of a March 2019 survey of the state's dental therapist workforce, with data on demographics, education, employment, work settings, and geographic distribution. Includes data on work location by level of rurality.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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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: 09/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
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Health Workforce in Nevada: A Chartbook
Highlights current state and federal data on the supply and geographic distribution of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers providing direct patient care services, and administrative and non-clinical healthcare workers in Nevada.
Author(s): Tabor Griswold, John Packham, Victoria Young
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives
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Dentistry in the Navajo Nation: Q&A with Dr. Crystal Willie Sekaquaptewa
An interview with the first Native American to work as a dentist in the Utah Navajo Health System. Discusses the importance of patient education and cultural competency.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Idaho Dental Health Professional Shortage Area Service Areas
Identifies the Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the state of Idaho by county. Includes both the geographic and population group HPSA designations.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Practice Patterns of Postgraduate Dental Residency Completers From Select Long-Term HRSA-Funded Primary Dental Care Training Programs
Examines the practice decisions of graduates of primary care dental postgraduate training programs with a history of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Addresses demographics; training and certification; reason for pursing the program; educational debt; the extent to which graduates felt prepared after completing the program, including to care for people in rural communities; practice decisions after completing the program; and patient demographics, including rural residence.
Additional links: Abstract, Policy Brief
Author(s): Ginachukwa Amah, Matthew Jura, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Dental Hygiene Workforce in Iowa: Current Capacity and Implications for Access to Care for the Underserved
Analyzes Iowa's dental hygiene workforce using 2017 licensure and 2018 survey data, and other reports from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Includes discussion and a Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) map. Discusses job seeking experiences, career plans, and the dental hygiene workforce supply with a rural perspective.
Author(s): Julie C. Reynolds, Susan C. McKernan, Olayinka Adekugbe, Jennifer M.C. Sukalski, Raymond A. Kuthy
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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A National Study of the Practice Characteristics of Women in Dentistry and Potential Impacts on Access to Care for Underserved Communities
Results of a study to understand differences in practice characteristics by gender, and to plan for changes in the workforce that could affect supply and demand of dental services in underserved areas. Features statistics including practice patterns by gender and year from 2010-2016 with breakdowns by practice location in rural area, small town, micropolitan, metropolitan, or large metropolitan area.
Author(s): Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Yuhao Liu, Nubia Goodwin
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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