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Resources by Topic: Dental workforce

Addressing the Oral Health Needs of Hispanics in the U.S. – An Exploration of Oral Health Status, Dental Needs, Utilization of Dental Services, and Workforce
Report highlights the factors affecting the oral health of Hispanic and Latino populations in the U.S. Explores access, healthcare utilization, and workforce issues, among others. Discusses the use of emergency departments for oral health issues in rural areas, as well as access issues faced by migrants.
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
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Availability of Healthcare Providers in Rural Areas Lags That of Urban Areas
Bar chart showing metro and nonmetro primary care physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals per 10,000 residents.
Date: 04/2023
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Indiana Oral Health Workforce Data Report: 2022
Provides information on the oral health workforce in Indiana, including total licenses, actively practicing dentists and dental hygienists, demographics and education of the workforce, employment and practice characteristics, geographic distribution of workforce by county, and more.
Author(s): Analise Dickinson, Mykayla Tobin, Chelsea Sparks, Sierra Vaughn, Hannah Maxey
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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California Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Health
County-level map showing California dental health high needs geographic Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), geographic HPSAs, and HPSA populations.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: California Health and Human Services Agency
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Rural Population Health in the United States: A Chartbook
Presents rural population health data by Census region and state, with some data by sex, race, and ethnicity. Includes U.S. maps showing county-level data as well as a variety of charts, including rural-urban disparity charts, state summary charts, and more. Topics addressed include access to care, health outcomes and risks, mortality, social determinants of health, and socioeconomic data.
Author(s): Randy Randolph, Sharita Thomas, Mark Holmes, et al.
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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2023-2027 Ohio State Oral Health Plan
Provides an overview of Ohio's state plan to improve and integrate oral health into citizens' overall healthcare plans. Focuses on community conditions, health behaviors, access to quality care, dental care outcomes, and oral health outcomes. Includes strategies specific to rural, Appalachian Ohio and data on dentists who billed at least 100 services to Medicaid in 2021 by county.
Author(s): Becky Sustersic Carroll, Hailey Akah, Lexi Chirakos
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Oral Health Ohio
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A Study Pursuant to (Pennsylvania) House Resolution 68: Rural Dental Health
Results of a study to identify the availability, costs, and barriers to receiving dental services in rural Pennsylvania. Offers recommendations to expand oral healthcare services in rural areas. Features county-level maps showing distribution of Pennsylvania dentists with breakdowns by rural and nonrural areas, and population-to-dentist ratios.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Legislative Budget and Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly
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Health Workforce Research Data Center: Annual Report to the Legislature, January 2023
Provides an overview on education, employment, supply and demand, educational pipeline, and workforce shortages related to healthcare in California. Provides data on several healthcare occupations such as nursing, oral health, behavioral health, allied health, and more, broken down by race/ethnicity and California region.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Department of Health Care Access and Information
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Missouri Oral Health Care: Report of Covid-19 Impact on Workforce
Reports on the oral healthcare workforce in Missouri during the COVID-19 pandemic based on 2021 Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHC) surveys and 2022 survey data completed by Missouri dentists and hygienists. Provides county-level data on dentist, dental hygienist, and dental assistant shortage areas.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
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Access to Oral Health Workforce Report: Part II
Evaluates and discusses patient access to oral healthcare in Pennsylvania. Provides demographic and well-being information, and analysis of variables affecting workforce outcomes and access to care. Features statistics with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Sean G. Boynes, Helen Hawkey, Kelly A. Braun, et al.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health
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