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Oral Health in Rural Communities – Resources

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

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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An Analysis of Utah's Emergency Department Non-traumatic Dental Visits 2007-2017
Report explores the non-traumatic oral healthcare visits handled by emergency departments in Utah from 2007 to 2017. Looks at data by rural and urban hospital location, diagnosis, and payers, among other measures.
Author(s): Michelle Martin, Michelle Silver, Brittney Okada, et al.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Health Research Recap: Healthcare Access and Status Among Rural Children
Provides summaries of research on rural children's health status and outcomes. Features statistics from 2011-2012 on children's health status by geography and insurance type, proportion of children with excellent or very good condition of teeth, and maternal smoking behavior, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, or small rural location.
Author(s): Shawnda Schroeder
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Dentistry in the Navajo Nation: Q&A with Dr. Crystal Willie Sekaquaptewa
An interview with the first Native American to work as a dentist in the Utah Navajo Health System. Discusses the importance of patient education and cultural competency.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summary of panel discussions held December 6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. by the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Topics include health literacy, care integration, interventions for children, and development of a research agenda. Chapter 6 includes a discussion of provision of oral health services in urban versus rural settings.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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A National Study of the Practice Characteristics of Women in Dentistry and Potential Impacts on Access to Care for Underserved Communities
Results of a study to understand differences in practice characteristics by gender, and to plan for changes in the workforce that could affect supply and demand of dental services in underserved areas. Features statistics including practice patterns by gender and year from 2010-2016 with breakdowns by practice location in rural area, small town, micropolitan, metropolitan, or large metropolitan area.
Author(s): Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Yuhao Liu, Nubia Goodwin
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Addressing Rural Seniors' Unmet Needs For Oral Health Care
Highlights a study on barriers to oral healthcare for rural seniors. Discusses the poor health outcomes seniors face when they lack access to oral healthcare. Details barriers such as cost, lack of insurance coverage, and provider shortages, among others.
Author(s): Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Melissa Burroughs, Eric P. Tranby, Avery R. Brow
Citation: Health Affairs Blog
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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New Dental Provider Orientation
Presentation template provides guidance for new or prospective dentists working in the Indian Health Service (IHS). Details the scope and mission of IHS and highlights the hiring process and demands of oral health providers. Presents general information regarding IHS facilities across the country.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Consumer Survey of Barriers to and Facilitators of Access to Oral Health Services
Results of a 2018 survey of U.S. adults to examine factors contributing to oral health disparities. Features statistics including geographic distribution of respondents and distribution of self-reported need for dental care, with breakdowns by rural, suburban, or urban location.
Author(s): Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Sohini Dhar, Mia Stufflebeam
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Last Updated: 3/22/2024