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Resources by Topic: Oral health

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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The Use of Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers
Describes the growth in number and location of the telehealth model of care in traditional school-based health centers (SBHCs), and highlights how telehealth complements the care given by onsite providers. Examines the characteristics of SBHCs' use of the telehealth model including SBHCs who exclusively use telehealth, and the characteristics of provider types, medical sponsorship, and schools and students with access to SBHCs. Discusses the implications of the exclusive use of telehealth services, and how traditional health services are expanding due to the use of telehealth.
Author(s): Hayley Love, Nirmita Panchal, John Schlitt, et al.
Citation: Global Pediatric Health, 6
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
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Improving Oral Health in Rural Colorado: Commitment to Quality through Data-Informed Dental Care
Highlights a health center serving rural Colorado that decreased children's cavity rates through a program that featured increased caries risk assessments to understand patient risk factors for decay and increased placement of sealants.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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Greater Good Podcasts Rural Health Segment, Part 1: How Did We Get Here? Rural Health Challenges in America
Set of three podcast episodes featuring Erika Ziller and Yvonne Jonk of the Maine Rural Health Research Center discussing current rural health issues and challenges, as well as historical factors related to the current rural health system. Addresses rural aging and long-term care, dental care, health insurance coverage, and health-related impacts of growing up in a rural community. Also compares rural health in Maine, other parts of the U.S., and rural communities in other countries.
Additional links: Part 2: Growing Up Rural, Part 3: Rural Health in Maine and America vs. the World
Author(s): Carrie Wilshusen, Erika Ziller, Yvonne Jonk
Date: 09/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center
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Rural Health Research Recap: Healthcare Access and Status Among Rural Children
Provides summaries of recent research on rural children's health status and outcomes. Features statistics from 2011-2012 on children's health status by geography and insurance type, proportion of children with excellent or very good condition of teeth, and maternal smoking behavior, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, or small rural location.
Author(s): Shawnda Schroeder
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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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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Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Need Report 2019
Reports on nine variables used to describe the areas of unmet healthcare need and measure access to primary care, mental, and oral healthcare services 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. For related maps, see the Areas of Unmet Health Care Needs map section.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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New Mexico State-Tribal Collaboration Act: July 31, 2019 Agency Report
Summarizes collaboration between New Mexico state agencies and tribal nations in New Mexico regarding current public health priorities: diabetes, obesity, teen pregnancy, substance misuse, and drug overdose prevention. Identifies resources available for American Indians from each New Mexico department and activities and funding for the fiscal year 2019, covering community health workers, oral health, cancer, diabetes, and HIV-prevention, and more.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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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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