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Practice Patterns of Postgraduate Dental Residency Completers from Select Long-Term HRSA-Funded Primary Dental Care Training Programs

Date: 08/15/2019Authors: Ginachukwu Amah, Matthew Jura, Elizabeth MertzResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Oral Health, Training

This report assesses the impacts of HRSA’s postgraduate dental training programs on current practice patterns of ‘completers’ of these programs and on improving the capacity of dentists to meet the needs of the underserved.

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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

Date: 07/15/2019Authors: Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Yuhao Liu, Nubia GoodwinResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Oral Health, Diversity

This report evaluates the differences by gender of dental professionals’ practice characteristics including employment status, working hours, and practice location.

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Expanding Access to Care with Scope of Practice

Date: 03/20/2019Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Scope of Practice

The Oral Health Workforce Research Center developed an infographic that visually depicts state-level variation in Dental Hygienists scope of practice to help better inform policy makers and other oral health stakeholders.

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Consumer Survey of Barriers to and Facilitators of Access to Oral Health Services

Date: 03/01/2019Authors: Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Qiushuang Li, Sohini Dhar, Mia StufflebeamResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health

This report evaluates factors identifies by consumers as impacting their access to oral health services and explores differences in utilization of oral health services by demographically distinct population groups.

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

Date: 02/01/2019Research 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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The Impact of Federal and State Policy on Oral Health Care Delivery in Long-Term Care Settings

Date: 11/01/2018Authors: Keely Walgama, Cynthia Wides, Aubri Kottek, Elizabeth MertzResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Oral Health, Long-Term Care

The study assessed state-level policies, practice and funding sources for dental workforce for institutionalized and homebound populations, as well as, identified available data, data gaps, and future data collection avenues in terms of quantifying this critical professional workforce engaged in long-term care.

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

Date: 01/01/2018Research 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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Top-of License Dental Hygiene Practice

Date: 10/01/2017Authors: Margaret Langelier, Simona SurduResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Oral Health, Scope of Practice

This article describes the comparison of state Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) scores in each of 3 years (2001, 2014, and 2016) to evaluate the impact of scope of practice expansions on oral health outcomes.

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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: 08/01/2017Research 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: 08/01/2017Research 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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