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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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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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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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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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The Role of Algorithms in Oral Health Care and Disease Prevention and Management
Report discusses the use of algorithms to customize oral healthcare delivery. Explores algorithm-driven digital tools that can help prevent tooth loss and dental caries by predicting those most at risk based on demographic data. Highlights consumer perceptions of the use of algorithms by a number of demographic factors, such as age, income, employment, and rurality, among others.
Author(s): Lisa J. Heaton, Adrianna Sonnek, Angela Kyomugisa, et al.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
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Number of Health Care Facilities per 100,000 Rural and Urban (Pennsylvania) Residents
Provides statistics for Pennsylvania hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, skilled nursing facilities, pharmacies, physicians and dentists offices, and residential mental health/substance abuse facilities.
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Kentucky Dental Workforce Report 2023
Provides an overview of dental workforce in Kentucky using 2023 licensure data. Reports the characteristics of dentists and their geographic distribution, including comparisons of rural, urban, Appalachian, and Delta counties. Also provides a table of dentist to population ratios for Kentucky counties, and highlights counties considered shortage areas.
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
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