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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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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Periodontal Health among Adults Seeking Dental Care in Rural North Carolina Communities: A Retrospective Study
Examines the prevalence of periodontitis in adults seen in dental clinics in rural North Carolina. Analyzes 10,544 electronic health records (EHRs) from 2011 to 2017 to observe periodontitis prevalence by age, race and ethnicity, tobacco use, diabetes diagnosis, and payer status. Discusses health disparities present in various sociodemographic groups.
Author(s): Alex Gillone, Acela A. Martinez Luna, Qiang Wu, et al.
Citation: Journal of Periodontology, 94(3), 364-375
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
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Oklahoma Health Professional Shortage Areas - Dental Care, 2023
Map depicting dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Oklahoma by county along with facility locations.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Face a 'Disproportionate Burden of Oral Disease' - Reversing Inequities Involves Challenges and Opportunities
White paper explores the state of American Indian and Alaska Native oral health. Discusses some of the oral health disparities faced by AI/AN communities, such as historical and cultural factors, workforce shortages, and oral health literacy, among other factors. Presents solutions and strategic recommendations to address AI/AN oral health disparities.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Mary Altenberg, Terrence Batliner, Tommie Chavis II, et al.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, National Indian Health Board
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Dental Care Use in the Midwest: Metro vs. Nonmetro
Examines dental care use in metro and nonmetro populations of the Midwest. Discusses reasons for seeking dental care and breaks down usage according to gender, race, and geography.
Author(s): Adee Athiyaman
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
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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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Virginia's Dentistry Workforce: 2022
An overview of the dentistry workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2022 Dentistry Survey. Features statistics including the number of dentists in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado, 2023
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. Includes five regional snapshots from around the state.
Additional links: Eastern Plains Regional Snapshot, Mountain West Regional Snapshot, Northwest Regional Snapshot, San Luis Valley Regional Snapshot, Southwest Regional Snapshot
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Tooth Loss and Dental Visits by Indigenous American Indian/Alaska Native Adults in the USA
Presents a study comparing rates of dental visits and missing teeth among rural and urban American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Breaks down data by demographic factors, such as age, income, and health insurance, among other factors.
Author(s): R Constance Wiener
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 23, 7679
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
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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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