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Oral Health in Rural Communities Resources

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

Using Hospital Community Benefits to Improve Access to Oral Health Care
Explains how nonprofit hospitals can use targeted oral health programs to fulfill their community benefit obligations, while also improving oral health in the communities they serve. Provides guidance on how to effectively advocate for such programs, and shares tips for assessing community needs.
Author(s): Cheryl Fish-Parcham
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Families USA
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Preventable Tooth Loss in Hawai'i: The Role of Socioeconomic Status, Diabetes, and Dental Visits
Results of a study examining association of tooth loss with health risk, dental care access, and sociodemographic factors including income level in 13,371 adults from 4 racial and ethnic groups in Hawaii. Features demographic statistics including breakdowns by residence in a city center, outside a city center, or a nonmetropolitan area.
Author(s): Mikako Deguchi, Marjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau, James Davis, Richard Niederman
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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Examining Oral Health Care Utilization and Expenditures for Low-Income Adults
Explores oral health utilization and Medicaid expenditures across the nation. Presents a state-by-state map of Medicaid coverage for adult dental services. Breaks down data by age, race, and rural-urban areas, among other factors.
Author(s): Stacey Chazin, June Glover
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Recent Trends in Children's Healthcare - Coverage and Oral Health Outcomes
Webinar details recent finding from the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center on access to oral healthcare for rural children. Discusses Medicaid coverage, barriers to care, and demographic factors that correlate with an unmet need for oral healthcare.
Additional links: Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 11/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Trends in the Development of the Dental Service Organization Model: Implications for the Oral Health Workforce and Access to Services
Results of a 2017 survey of dental service organizations, which often build new practices in underserved and rural areas, and case studies of 6 dental support organizations providing general or specialty dentistry in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Massachusetts.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Shen Wang, Simona Surdu, Elizabeth Mertz, Cynthia Wides
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health
Describes configurations of portable and mobile dental programs including models and applications, discusses targeted populations, details variations in regulations by state, and examines outcomes of preventive interventions in underserved areas. Includes case studies of 7 programs initiated to improve access in underserved populations or in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Rachel Carter, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children's Oral Health and Access to Care
Findings brief discussing oral health disparities between urban and rural children in 2003, 2007, and 2011-2012. Features statistics including poverty status, health insurance coverage, percentage of children having a recent preventive dental visit, and condition of teeth, with breakdowns by race or ethnicity and urban, large rural, or small rural status.
Author(s): Amy B. Martin, Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States’ Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework
Findings brief describing how Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina have responded to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2014-2017 goals for advancing oral health in America, with emphasis on programs available to children. Features statistics including number of dental insurance companies, number of public health dental clinics or Federally Qualified Health Centers providing oral health services, and number of full-time and part-time dentists and dental hygienists at these facilities in each of the six states.
Author(s): Amy B. Martin, Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Oral Health Access in Rural Areas Rural Health Chat
Summary of a June 2017 Twitter chat focused on rural oral health access. Documents a conversation among rural health experts addressing a range of topics, including access challenges in rural areas, the oral health workforce, innovative oral health solutions, and resources to improve rural oral health access.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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MORE Care: Narrowing the Rural Interprofessional Oral Health Care Gap
Presents an integrated healthcare model that connects oral health to primary care Rural Health Clinics (RHC). Discusses challenges and strategies in implementing oral health interprofessional practice (IPP), such as developing dental referral networks and ensuring access to health information technology, among others. Details the collaboration between the State Offices of Rural Health in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Colorado with the DentaQuest Institute and the Medical University of South Carolina.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Sean G. Boynes, Lisa Davis, Graham Adams, Michelle Mills, Mark Deutchman
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: DentaQuest Institute
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The Oral Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Children Aged 6-9 Years: Results of the 2016-2017 IHS Oral Health Survey
Provides an overview of the oral health status of American Indian and Alaska Native children in kindergarten through third grad using data from the 2016-2017 Indian Health Service (IHS) oral health surveillance survey.
Author(s): Kathy R. Phipps, Timothy L. Ricks
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Community Health Workers Get Trained to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Highlights programs serving the Navajo Nation, Texas colonias, and Appalachian Maryland that use community health workers to provide oral health education and improve access dental care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Dental Therapy Toolkit: A Resource for Potential Employers
A toolkit designed to provide prospective employers of dental therapists a history and understanding of the field and how to implement them into their practices in the state of Minnesota. Includes regulations and scope of practice details, education and training requirements, and examples of successful dental therapy models, among other topics.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Neglected for Too Long: Dental Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Policy brief describing scarcity of dental care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, due to a shortage of properly trained dental care providers and exceptionally long distances many patients must travel to receive adequate care.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices
Presents examples of the best practices in rural oral healthcare across the country. Looks at programs in 10 different states, including program purpose, summary, effectiveness, and funding source.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Determinants of Oral Health Assessment and Screening in Physician Assistant Clinical Practice
Results of a survey of physician assistant graduates, focused on their education in oral health and if or how they included oral health screenings and referrals in their clinical practice after graduation. Data and statistics for rural health clinics included, along with contributing factors of care such as availability of dentists, lack of insurance, and cost of dental work.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Case Studies of 6 Teledentistry Programs: Strategies to Increase Access to General and Specialty Dental Services
Describes the delivery of teledentistry services by six provider organizations with different organizational structures. Discusses teledentistry as a method for improving rural access to oral health services. Identifies common themes, including the benefits of and barriers to teledentistry.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Carol Rodat, Jean Moore
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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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: HRSA Data Warehouse.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Growing the Dental Workforce to Serve Rural Communities: University of Washington’s RIDE Program
Discusses oral health disparities in rural areas and how the University of Washington School of Dentistry’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program works to encourage dental students to work in less populated places. Also, highlights how the program is successful in serving rural patients with complex needs and is effective in recruiting and retaining dentists in rural areas.
Author(s): Frank A. Roberts, Arthur C. DiMarco, Susan M. Skillman, Wendy E. Mouradian
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Oral Health in Kentucky
Describes findings from a literature review and analyses of data about the status of oral health among particular population groups in Kentucky and ongoing efforts to improve outcomes. Features statistics including breakdowns by demographics, county economic level, access to dental services, and overall dental health.
Author(s): Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Bridget Baker, et al.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Interviews of Oral Health Stakeholders in Kentucky: An Executive Summary
Summarizes common themes derived from telephone interviews with 28 oral health stakeholders between September and November 2015. Discusses shortage of dental care in rural and economically depressed areas of the state, and among special populations such as the elderly and immigrants.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Guiding Innovations to Improve the Oral Health of Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries
Highlights several innovative ideas for providing oral healthcare to Medicaid-enrolled adults by discussing consumer outreach and engagement, workforce and training, access and delivery in rural and urban areas, and return on investment and business models.
Author(s): Stacey Chazin,
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Using Community Participation to Assess Acceptability of "Contra Caries", A Theory-Based, Promotora-led Oral Health Education Program for Rural Latino Parents: A Mixed Methods Study
Reports on a qualitative study of a promotora-led oral health education program for low-income, Spanish-speaking parents of children aged 1–5 years, conducted in a rural agricultural city in California.
Author(s): Kristin S. Hoeft, Sarah M. Rios, Estela Pantoja Guzman, Judith C. Barker
Location: BMC Oral Health, 15(103)
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
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Case Studies of 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers: Strategies to Integrate Oral Health with Primary Care
Results of a study conducted between February and July 2015, examining the most effective workforce models, describing delivery of oral health services, and identifying barriers and facilitators of integrating primary care and oral health services in urban and rural Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Bridget Baker, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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The Oral Health Crisis Among Native Americans
Describes use of dental health aide therapists to help alleviate the lack of access to dental services among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Population-Centered Risk- and Evidence-Based Dental Interprofessional Care Team (PREDICT): Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
Discusses the implementation of the program PREDICT (Population-centered Risk- and Evidence-based Dental Interprofessional Care Team) to determine its usefulness as an evaluation tool for new delivery models and payment structures to improve dental care and oral health for low-income children and mothers in rural settings of Oregon.
Author(s): Joana Cunha-Cruz, Peter Milgrom, R. Michael Shirtcliff, et al.
Location: Trials, 2015(16), 278
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
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Dentist Supply, Dental Care Utilization, and Oral Health Among Rural and Urban U.S. Residents
Investigates the differences between rural and urban adults regarding their utilization of dental care services. Discusses the influence of dentist supply and oral health outcomes in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Mark P. Doescher, Gina A. Keppel
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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The Oral Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Children Aged 1-5 Years: Results of the 2014 IHS Oral Health Survey
Reports on tooth decay among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) preschool children. Includes a comparison to tooth decay among other racial/ethnic groups. Also provides information on untreated decay and use of dental sealants.
Author(s): Kathy R. Phipps, Timothy L. Ricks
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Alternative Dental Workforce Models
A fact sheet describing alternative dental workforce models and their importance in improving access to oral healthcare in underserved and rural communities with a focus on their roles in the Indian Health Service (IHS). Includes data on dental access and oral disease in Indian Country.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 2
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities with an overview for each of the top health priorities ranked 11 through 20 identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 1 discussed the top 10 priorities.) Topics include: cancer, health education, oral health, immunizations and infectious disease, public health, sexual health and family planning, injury and violence prevention, and social determinants of health. Includes reviews of the relevant literature and model programs appropriate for rural communities. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
Author(s): Jane N. Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva O. Ferdinand, Bita Kash, Janet W. Helduser
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Perceptions of Oral Health, Preventive Care, and Care-Seeking Behaviors Among Rural Adolescents
Examines how rural minority and low income adolescents, ages 12 to 18, from Medically Underserved and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas in Florida perceive oral health and seek dental care in order to identify barriers in accessing dental health services. Discusses the option of providing oral health services within a school-based health center.
Author(s): Virginia J. Dodd, Henrietta Logan, Cameron D. Brown, et al.
Location: Journal of School Health, 84(12), 802-809
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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The Economic Impact of a Rural Dentist
Measures the impact that a dentist has on a rural county. Uses data from 13 rural dental clinics through Oklahoma, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
Author(s): Gerald A. Doeksen, Fred C. Eilrich, Cheryl F. St. Clair
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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Oral Health in Native American Elderly
Fact sheet providing information on needed dental work and overall oral health indicators in elderly Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian tribal member populations.
Author(s): Shyleen Hall, Patty Stensland, Paula Morin-Carter
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Resource Center on Native American Aging
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Working with Dental Therapists - Dental Health Aide Bobby Curtis
Presents a 2 minute video with Bobby Curtis, a dental health aide therapist in rural Alaska, who describes his work with patients and how he interacts with his supervising dentist.
Date: 06/2014
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Expanding the Dental Team: Increasing Access to Care in Public Settings
Looks at three examples of midlevel dental providers working to expand care to underserved populations. Highlights three practices in Minnesota, California, and Alaska, the latter deploying dental health aide therapists to distant rural locations.
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Alternative Workforce Models Chart
A table identifying and describing the alternative dental workforce models used in underserved and rural areas by state.
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Education Association
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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥65 Years Who Have Lost All Their Natural Teeth, by Type of Locality and Region — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010–2012
Chart showing the percent of adults 65 or older with no natural teeth in nonmetropolitan areas compared to metropolitan areas, broken down by region, based on data from the 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 63(13), 297
Date: 04/2014
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Oral Health of 6-9 Year Old American Indian and Alaska Native Children
Provides an overview of the oral health status of children in kindergarten through third grade identified as American Indian/Alaska Native using data from the 2011-2013 Indian Health Service (IHS) oral health surveillance survey.
Author(s): Kathy R. Phipps, Timothy L. Ricks, Patrick Blahut
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Lost All Their Natural Teeth, by Age Group and Type of Locality — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010–2012
Chart showing the percent of adults with no natural teeth in nonmetropolitan areas compared to metropolitan areas, broken down by age group, based on data from the 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 63(10), 225
Date: 03/2014
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Expanding the Dental Team: Studies of Two Private Practices
Analyzes two dental practices: Main Street Dental Care in Montevideo, MN, and Battlefords Dental Group in Saskatchewan, Canada. Also highlights dental therapists in Alaska. Discusses dentists being able to serve more privately insured and underserved patients, the increase in children and families who are able to get dental care who often go without, and how dental therapists help address critical problems surrounding access to dental care.
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Growing the Dental Workforce: The Critical Role of Community Colleges and Workforce Investment Boards
Examines how community colleges and workforce investment boards can help improve access to care. Discusses the distribution of dentists in both rural and urban areas, dental therapists who deliver care to rural underserved communities, and dental education programs targeting recruitment efforts for students from underserved communities, including rural and low-income.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Recommended Standards for Dental Therapy Education Programs in the United States
Reports recommendations for developing national standards for the education of dental therapists, a provider type used to improve dental care access in underserved communities. Proposes minimum standards of quality programs should use to prepare students to enter the dental therapy profession.
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Catalyst
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Dental Services: Information on Coverage, Payments, and Fee Variation
Describes trends in dental services coverage and payments, and the extent of variation in dental fees in selected communities. Appendix II includes statistics comparing dental visit rates in urban and rural areas.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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In Search of Dental Care: Two Types of Dentist Shortages Limit Children’s Access to Care
Discusses the uneven distribution of dentists and limited number of dentists accepting Medicaid, with state-level information on these shortages.
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Economic Viability of Dental Therapists
Describes procedures that dental health aide therapists (DHAT), dental therapists (DT), and advanced dental therapists (ADT) can perform and their economic viability within the dental team. Results are based on mid-level dental health providers in rural and urban Alaska and Minnesota.
Author(s): Frances Kim
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Catalyst
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Effects of a Proposed Rural Dental School on Regional Dental Workforce and Access to Care
Discusses a policy simulation to determine if a rural-based dental school would be the best solution in a specific U.S. rural location - an exercise that may assist with strategic workforce planning for other disciplines in other rural locations.
Author(s): Tanya Wanchek, Terance Rephann
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 13, 2366
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
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Dental Sealant Utilization Among Rural and Urban Children
Examines the proportion of rural children who have received dental sealants applied to the surface of their teeth to prevent or delay the development of dental decay.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Amy Brock Martin, Alexis Gallagher, Janice C. Probst
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Promising Practices to Improve Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities
Identifies and discusses promising practices for developing an oral health program in rural areas, including information on barriers to accessing oral healthcare, evaluation and sustainability of oral health programs, and recruiting dentists to rural areas.
Author(s): Alycia Bayne, Alana Knudson, Arika Garg, Makda Kassahun
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Rural America's Oral Health Care Needs
Policy brief that provides an overview of Rural America's oral health care needs and lists recommendations for consideration for improving oral health in rural America.
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Emergency Department Visits for Dental-Related Conditions, 2009
Presents nationwide rural and urban data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) on emergency department visits for treatment of dental-related conditions in 2009.
Author(s): Krystle Seu, Kendall K. Hall, Ernest Moy
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Returning the Mouth to the Body: Integrating Oral Health & Primary Care
Describes how coordinating oral health and primary care services can address dental health disparities affecting vulnerable populations including those in rural and underserved areas.
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers in Health
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Dental Therapists: A Promising Practice for Frontier Communities
Describes a class of allied dental health workers, Dental Therapists, who are working in frontier and rural areas of Alaska and Minnesota.
Author(s): Saskia van Hecke
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Oral Health Status and Access to Oral Health Care for U.S. Adults Aged 18–64: National Health Interview Survey, 2008
Presents statistics from the 2008 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) on selected measures of oral health status and oral health care access for adults aged 18–64. Compares data in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Barbara Bloom, Catherine M. Simile, Patricia F. Adams, Robin A. Cohen
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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State Policy Levers for Addressing Preventive Dental Care Disparities for Rural Children: Medicaid Reimbursement to Non-Dental Clinicians for Fluoride Varnish and Dental Hygiene Supervision in Primary Care Safety Net Settings
Addresses preventive dental care disparities for rural children by studying access to fluoride varnish applications and the extent that dental hygienists can provide select preventive dental services in primary care safety net settings.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Amy Brock Martin, Jessica Bellinger, Jeff Hatala, Jordan Mitchell, Janice C. Probst
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access
Describes the issue of oral health care access by some populations, including rural communities, and summarizes the various negative health effects of this issue.
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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An Analysis of Oral Health Disparities and Access to Services in the Appalachian Region
Analyzes disparities in oral health status and access to oral healthcare in the Appalachian Region. Examines relationships between oral health disparities and socioeconomic status indicators. Focus of report is to aid efforts to develop targeted interventions to reduce these disparities in Appalachia.
Author(s): Denise D. Krause, Warren L. May, Nancy M. Lane, et al.
Date: 12/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Water Fluoridation and Dental Health Indicators in Rural and Urban Areas of the United States
Investigates the availability of fluoridated water across urban-rural settings, and relates measures of fluoride availability to national survey measures of dental health in adults and children.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Michael Hendryx, Constance Weiner, Matthew Gurka
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
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Dental Health Care Access in Rural Communities
Winner of the 2011 University of Wisconsin's Monato Rural Essay for Wisconsin's Best Rural Health Paper explores why dental health care access is a public health problem for rural.
Author(s): Jeyanthi Bhaheetharan
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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Ending Dentistry by Grandpa
Argues that licensing dental therapists may be the only way to get dental care to Medicaid patients and other underserved populations.
Author(s): Wayne Myers
Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Spring)
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mobile and Portable Dental Services in Preschool and School Settings: Complex Issues
Describes dental care access issues among children in small and underserved communities. Summarizes mobile dental programs utilized in preschools, Head Starts, and K-12 schools to help overcome access barriers.
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
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Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations
Presents a vision for how to improve oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations, and recommends ways to achieve this vision. Chapters include oral health status, workforce, expenditures, health care delivery, and oral health settings.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Advancing Oral Health in America
Discusses the challenges facing the current oral health system, the connection between oral health and overall health, and how to improve oral health care. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss the oral health system in rural settings.
Author(s): Committee on an Oral Health Initiative
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Use of Emergency Departments for Conditions Related to Poor Oral Health Care
Reports findings from a study of seven states that looked at use of emergency departments to address oral health needs. Includes information related to state Medicaid policy. Includes data for rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Emily F. Shortridge, Jonathan R. Moore
Date: 08/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Rural Dentists of the Future: Dental School Enrollment Strategies
Examines the relationship between dental students' state of residency, gender, and practice location in a rural community in Nebraska following graduation.
Author(s): Kimberly K. McFarland, John W. Reinhardt, Muhammad Yaseen
Location: Journal of Dental Education, 74(8), 830-5
Date: 03/2010
Type: Document
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The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children
Reports that at least one in five U.S. children go without annual dental care and 44 out of 50 states fail to meet at least six key benchmarks or policies to ensure access to preventive care. Addresses workforce concerns in rural areas.
Date: 02/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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The Crisis in Rural Dentistry
Lists issues related to oral health care in rural America. Discusses the need for intensified recruitment efforts to increase dental access and improve oral health in rural areas. Proposes potential solutions that may increase the rural oral health care workforce.
Author(s): Mark P. Doescher, Gina A. Keppel, Susan M. Skillman, Roger A. Rosenblatt
Date: 04/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Dental Health and Access to Care Among Rural Children: A National and State Portrait
Covers topics related to children and their access to dental health services. Information addresses the dental health status, preventive services and insurance received of children in rural and urban areas. Minority populations are also reported on.
Author(s): Amy Brock Martin, Eric Wang, Janice C. Probst, Nathan Hale, Andrew O. Johnson
Date: 03/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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IHS Dental Portal
Presents essential resources and data pertaining to oral health in the Indian Health Service.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Water with Fluoride Protects Teeth from Tooth Decay
Presents an interactive map detailing water fluoridation information in each state in the U.S. Breaks down data by county and by city/public water system in participating states.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Organized, Evidence-Based Care: Oral Health Integration
Provides tools to support the integration of oral healthcare into primary care practice. Includes a guide with topics focusing on screening for oral health risk factors and disease, the development of preventive interventions, the role of health information technology, staffing options, collecting data for quality improvement, and case examples of oral healthcare integration in rural primary care settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Safety Net Medical Home Initiative
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Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) - Dental Health
A map of the U.S. displaying Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and HPSA scores for dental health by county, updated daily.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Application and Scoring Process
Provides Health Professional Shortage Area designations based on general HPSA designation criteria, plus additional criteria and guidelines specific to each of the three types of designations: primary care, dental and mental health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Find Shortage Areas: HPSA & MUA/P by Address
Searchable tool for identifying Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P) by address.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Improving Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities
August 2013 webinar discussing how rural communities can improve access to oral health care by building on best practices of successful program models. Presented by Alycia Bayne, Senior Research Scientist from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Linda Matessino, Grant Director for the Oral Health Outreach Grant Program; and Darcy A. Czarnik Laurin, Executive Director of the Thumb Rural Health Network in Beach, MI. 70 minutes.
Additional links: Transcript
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Oral Health Toolkit
Designed to help identify an appropriate model and implement an oral health program in your rural community. Contains seven modules: an overview of oral health in rural communities, models and ways to adapt them, resources for implementing programs, sustainability strategies, an evaluation framework, dissemination methods, and examples of programs that have been implemented in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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National Health Service Corps Fact Sheet for Dental Students, Dentists & Dental Hygienists
An overview of the NHSC loan repayment and scholarship programs for dental health professionals considering employment in a health center and participation in the NHSC.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Network for Oral Health Access
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PubMed Search: Dental Health in Rural Areas
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on oral health, dental facilities, and dental care providers in rural areas.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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State Licensure for International Dentists
Provides information on the state licensure process for dentists who were educated outside the United States and Canada and wish to obtain a state dental license in the U.S.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual
Offers information on partnerships and planning, facilities and staffing, financing, clinic operations, plus quality awareness and improvement of dental clinics. Includes links to sample policies, budget worksheets and design tips.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
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Open Wide: Oral Health Training for Health Professionals
Series of four online modules designed to help health and early childhood professionals working in community settings promote oral health for infants, children, and their families.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
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Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
Through relationships with local healthcare providers, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program brings medical, dental, and health education services to underserved children. There are many of these care mobiles throughout rural areas in the United States.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: McDonald's
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Last Updated: 12/15/2017