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Resources by Topic: Oral health

Utah Primary Care Needs Assessment 2018
Assesses the primary care need in the state of Utah. Reviews indicators of healthcare access, health status, social determinants of health, and the primary care workforce shortages in Utah. Includes information and maps on primary care, dental, and mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Additional links: Individual Small Health Area Snapshot Reports
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado, 2019
Provides an overview of rural health in Colorado. Includes data and statistics on a variety of indicators, such as education, poverty, rural economy, healthcare coverage and access, rural health information technology, mental health, oral health, emergency medical services (EMS) and workforce shortages. Covers two critical issues for rural Colorado: opioid abuse and hospital finances.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Improving Oral Health Care Services in Rural America
Discusses the link between oral health and overall health and issues affecting oral health access in rural areas, including shortages of dental providers, differences in dental hygienist scope of practice by state, and insurance coverage. Provides an overview of federal efforts related to rural oral health and offers policy recommendations. Includes a summary of local perspectives from a site visit to Winnsboro Smiles Family Dentistry in rural South Carolina as part of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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For California’s Rural Seniors, Improving Oral Health Care Could Mean Better Health
Highlights data on California's oral health needs for rural seniors, how those needs can impact other health conditions, and offers recommendations for policymakers.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Families USA
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For Rural Seniors, Improving Oral Health Care Could Mean Better Health
Highlights the oral health of rural seniors, challenges they face in accessing dental care, and the potential impact of their lack of oral health access. Provides several recommendations for policymakers, including Medicare reimbursement for oral health and expanding rural oral health workforce investments.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Families USA, National Rural Health Association
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America’s Health Rankings Annual Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health by analyzing 35 measures to describe health outcomes in the U.S. Provides rural specific information and statistics by residence, obesity, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, smoking, diabetes, health status, mental and physical distress.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Data Report: 2018 Indiana Oral Health Licensure Survey
Shows characteristics of the Indiana oral health workforce, based on data from dentist and dental hygienist re-licensure surveys. Includes demographic and county-level distribution statistics with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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2019-2020 Update to the Texas State Health Plan
Proposes strategies to improve the efficiency of the healthcare delivery system in Texas with a particular emphasis on health literacy, access to care for rural areas, and the healthcare workforce. Addresses oral health, trauma care, and the availability of clinical training sites.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council
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Delaware: All HPSA Designations
Details the primary care, mental health, and dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) by county in Delaware.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Delaware Health Statistics Center
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Delaware: Dental HPSA Designations
Highlights the dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Delaware.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Delaware Health Statistics Center
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