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Oral Health in Rural Communities – Resources

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

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. Provides data for rural and urban areas and discusses the potential impacts of differences in state Medicaid policies.
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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Dental Therapy Resources
Presents a series of reports, toolkits, articles, and other resources on dental therapy from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: W. K. Kellogg Foundation
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Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Program: Academic Years 2015-2020
Describes activities of the Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene (PD) program as it enhances dental workforce education and training to prepare predoctoral dental students, dental hygiene students, and dental hygienists to meet the needs of vulnerable, underserved, or rural communities. Features statistics including PD training site settings and characteristics, with breakdowns by percentage in rural locations.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Dental Residencies in Graduate Medical Education Programs: Academic Years 2015-2020
Describes activities of the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program (CHGME) and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGME), in providing federal funds to maintain and expand graduate medical education, including dental residencies in medically underserved areas. Features statistics including CHGME and THCGME program characteristics with breakdowns by percentage of awardees with disadvantaged or rural backgrounds.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Indian Health Service (IHS) Continuing Dental Education Courses
Helps Indian Health Service (IHS) oral health professionals find continuing dental education (CDE) courses and manage the CDE process. Offers CDE courses to IHS, tribal, urban, and contract dental personnel. Some courses require completion of a prerequisite course.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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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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Last Updated: 5/6/2024