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Oral Health in Rural Communities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Oral Health in Rural Communities.

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists
Tools and resources to help dentists respond to COVID-19. Includes information, news, and guidance related to vaccination, infection control, dental workforce safety, and practice management.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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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: 04/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Medical-Dental Integration Manual
Provides guidance to North Dakota's rural primary care providers looking to integrate a dental hygienist into their practice. Highlights rules and regulations, billing, scope of practice, and workflow issues, among other topics.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: North Dakota Department of Health, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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How Evidence-based Is US Dental Workforce Policy for Rural Communities?
Examines the alignment of policy and infrastructure with evidence-based strategies to promote access to oral health services for rural people. Focuses on best practices as well as barriers and facilitators to implementation of workforce strategies to increase the availability of services. Presents a scoping review of the evidence behind key strategies in the U.S. health policy context.
Author(s): Miranda Werts, Ginachukwa Amah, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Boosting Oral Health Care in Rural Communities
Details barriers to oral healthcare in rural areas and highlights some of the methods states are implementing to overcome those barriers. Discusses teledentistry, mobile dental programs, and loan repayment, as well as federal support for state programs.
Author(s): Erik Skinner
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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The Oral Health of 13-15 Year Old American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Dental Clinic Patients - A Follow-Up Report to the 2013 Survey
Presents a study on the oral health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives for age 13-15. Draws data from the across the Indian Health Service and compares with national data.
Author(s): Kathy R. Phipps, Timothy L. Ricks, Nathan P. Mork, Timothy L. Lozon
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Oral Health Surveillance among American Indians and Alaska Natives in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah 2013-2018
Report highlights oral health data from Indian Health Services facilities from 2013-2018 in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Looks at data by state, age, gender, and services provided.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, American Indian Research Center for Health, Tribal Epidemiology Centers
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Consumer Survey Focused on Parents' Experiences Accessing Oral Health Services for Their Children
Highlights oral health access barriers for children, especially those in rural and underserved areas, minorities, and those with special healthcare needs. Features statistics including socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of 1,881 survey parents or guardians, with breakdowns by urban, suburban, or rural residence.
Author(s): Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Nubia Goodwin
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Making a Difference for Generations to Come: School-Based Oral Healthcare in Louisiana
Features a Louisiana Federally Qualified Health Center that offers primary care oral health assessment and fluoride varnishes in school-based health centers. Discusses the impact that access to childhood oral health services may have into adulthood.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices - 2020
Highlights examples of the best practices in rural oral healthcare across the country. Presents a number of models regarding workforce development and training, integration of care, telehealth, clinical care, and policy.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Last Updated: 4/23/2021