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Case Studies of 6 Safety Net Organizations That Integrate Oral and Mental/Behavioral Health With Primary Care Services

Date: 20190201Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Integration

The objective of these case studies is to describe benchmark strategies used by safety net provider organizations to integrate health services delivery for patients including screening for and identifying medical, dental, and mental health conditions during health care encounters and directing referrals to appropriate clinical providers.

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Trends in the Provision of Oral Health Services by Federally Qualified Health Centers

Date: 20180101Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Medicaid

This report summarizes trends in the direct provision of oral health services by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) over recent years and factors that predict the likelihood of an FQHC providing direct general and/or specialty oral health services.

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Trends in the Development of the Dental Service Organization Model: Implications for the Oral Health Workforce and Access to Services

Date: 20170801Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health

In this report, the researchers identify and analyze data describing dental support organizations (DSOs), including interviews with DSOs to understand the qualitative aspects and benefits of management alliances.

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The Evolving Pipeline of Hispanic Dentists in the United States

Date: 20170801Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Diversity

This study examines the trends in Hispanic/Latino (H/L) dentists’ education and pathways to practice; analyzes practice patterns of H/L dentists by pathway; and describes the licensure and educational environment for foreign-trained dentists (FTDs), with a focus on opportunities to enhance workforce diversity and improve access to care for both underserved and H/L populations.

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Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health

Date: 20170801Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health

This study describes the various structural configurations of portable and mobile oral health service delivery programs and details regulatory variation by state for mobile and portable dentistry programs. The authors also discuss the various populations targeted for services by these programs and examine, where possible, the outcomes of early and ongoing preventive interventions through portable dentistry in underserved communities.

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Underrepresented Minority Dentists: Quantifying Their Numbers and Characterizing the Communities They Serve

Date: 20170324Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Diversity

The purpose of this study was to quantify the shortage of underrepresented minority (URM) dentists and their contributions to health equity by examining practice patterns in relation to characteristics of the communities they serve.

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Case Studies of 6 Teledentistry Programs: Strategies to Increase Access to General and Specialty Dental Services

Date: 20161201Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Telehealth

The findings of this study provide a better understanding of teledentistry program applications, workforce strategies, impacts on access to care, the organizational structure in which services are provided, and the barriers and facilitators of teledentistry services.

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Survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers to Understand Participation with Dental Residency Programs and Student Externship Rotations

Date: 20161201Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Training

This report examines trends in demand for advanced training by dental students and how this aligns with current policy supporting this training and practice. The report also explores the impact of residencies in ambulatory care settings, particularly for FQHCs, on service capacity and access for patients.

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A Comparison of Medicaid Dental Claims Data in 2 States With Different Adult Dental Benefits, 2012-2013

Date: 20161201Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Medicaid

The objective of this research was to understand the impact of Medicaid dental benefits and availability of providers on utilization of dental services.

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Determinants of Oral Health Assessment and Screening in Physician Assistant Clinical Practice

Date: 20161201Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Primary Care

This authors of this study investigate physician assistant (PA) practice characteristics, outline the extent and source of PA education in oral health, and determine facilitators and barriers to the integration of oral health service in practice.

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