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Resources by Topic: Oral health

Wisconsin Number of Providers Needed to Remove Shortage Designation: Dental Health
Shows the number of providers needed to remove the Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation for each county in the state of Wisconsin.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Health Care
Shows population-based and facility-based dental health care federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Wisconsin.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Closing the Gap on Dental HPSAs: Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Assessment
Discusses findings and offers recommendations from an oral health workforce needs assessment in Louisiana. Highlights the state oral health status of children and adults, access to care, and fluoridation. Reports on surveys and interviews addressing workforce demographics, practice information, perception of oral health access, and Medicaid policies. Appendices include additional data on state Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Need Report 2018
Reports on nine variables used to describe the areas of unmet healthcare need and measure access to primary physical, mental and oral healthcare in Oregon. Areas of unmet need are scored based on variables in three categories: availability of providers, ability to afford care, and utilization. Provides statistics and county-level information by service areas and maps to describe areas of unmet need.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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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: 07/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Dental Therapy in Minnesota
Reports on the dental therapist workforce in Minnesota. Includes information on education, certification, licensure, and practice. Covers discussion on the financial viability of dental practices employing dental therapists and how dental therapists can increase access to oral care in rural areas.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Improving Rural Oral Healthcare Access
Policy position brief discussing the oral and systemic health connection and the dental workforce shortage. Highlights the need for interprofessional education and offers recommendations for improving access to rural oral healthcare.
Author(s): Joni Nelson, Jacob Thatcher, Joy Williams
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Using Storytelling to Address Oral Health Knowledge in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Results of a study conducted in 3 northern California tribal locations to evaluate an intervention using storytelling to promote prevention of early childhood tooth decay. Participants were 53 women who were pregnant or who had children ages 6 or younger.
Author(s): Brenda Heaton, Christina Gebel, Andrew Crawford, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 34 measures, as well as two supplemental measures new in 2018: suicide rate and risk of social isolation. Includes a special focus on persistent health disparities and challenges facing rural seniors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Louisiana Dental HPSAs
A map of Louisiana displaying Dental Health Professional Shortage area (HPSA) Designations for geographic and low income populations by county.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
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