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Resources by Topic: Dental workforce

Assessing the Impact of Washington State’s Oral Health Workforce on Patient Access to Care
Study of the oral health workforce and access to oral care in Washington state. Includes information on workforce demographics, rural and urban distribution of oral health providers, and difficulty recruiting dental hygienists and assistants in rural areas. Provides recommendations, policy changes, and potential solutions offered by oral health workforce interviewees.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Malaika R. Schwartz, Lisa Hager, Susan M. Skillman
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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North Dakota Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
County-level map displaying North Dakota's designated dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) and dental HPSA facilities.
Additional links: North Dakota Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas with Scores
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Georgia Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSA)
Map showing Georgia counties designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Oklahoma National Health Service Corps Providers (NHSC) & Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
County-level map of Oklahoma showing the locations of geographical population Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), low-income population HPSAs, and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) dental providers.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development
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Trends in the Development of the Dental Service Organization Model: Implications for the Oral Health Workforce and Access to Services
Results of a 2017 survey of dental service organizations, which often build new practices in underserved and rural areas, and case studies of 6 dental support organizations providing general or specialty dentistry in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Massachusetts.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Shen Wang, Simona Surdu, Elizabeth Mertz, Cynthia Wides
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Dental Utilization for Communities Served by Dental Therapists in Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta: Findings from an Observational Quantitative Study
Presents results from a program evaluation designed to assess the impact of dental therapists on dental utilization and oral health outcomes in the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK) Delta of Alaska. Examines utilization and outcomes based on total dental therapist treatment days, presents results for both child and adult populations, and focuses on three primary measures: preventive dental care use, extraction of teeth, and dental care under general anesthesia.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Washington
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: General Dentistry
Shows dentistry shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Oral Health Access in Rural Areas Rural Health Chat
Summary of a June 2017 Twitter chat focused on rural oral health access. Documents a conversation among rural health experts addressing a range of topics, including access challenges in rural areas, the oral health workforce, innovative oral health solutions, and resources to improve rural oral health access.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Minnesota’s Dental Assistant Workforce, 2014-2015
Results of the Dental Assistant Workforce Survey. Provides information on demographics, employment rates, work settings, and distribution across urban and rural areas.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Evaluation of Provider Network in the Iowa Dental Wellness Plan, 2014-2016
Reports on Iowa’s Dental Wellness Plan (DWP) provider network established due to the poor oral health status of low income residents and the need for dental care within the state. Compares the first and second year of the DWP using outcomes measures that include dentist supply and distance to the nearest dentist in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
Author(s): Susan McKernan, Mark Pooley, Aparna Ingleshwar, Elizabeth Momany, Peter Damiano
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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