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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: 20190715Authors: Margaret Langelier, Simona Surdu, Nubia Goodwin, Yuhao LiuResearch 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: 20190320Authors: Jean Moore, Nubia GoodwinResearch 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: 20190301Authors: Margaret Langelier, Simona Surdu, 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: 20190201Authors: Margaret Langelier, Simona Surdu, Nubia GoodwinResearch 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: 20180101Authors: Margaret Langelier, Simona SurduResearch 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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The Evolving Pipeline of Hispanic Dentists in the United States

Date: 20170801Authors: Elizabeth Mertz, Cynthia Wides, Zeeshan Raja, Aubri Kottek, Paul GatesResearch 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: 20170801Authors: Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Rachel Carter, Lauren Boyd, Carol RodatResearch 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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Trends in the Development of the Dental Service Organization Model: Implications for the Oral Health Workforce and Access to Services

Date: 20170801Authors: Margaret Langelier, Shen Wang, Simona Surdu, Elizabeth Mertz, Cynthia WidesResearch 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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Pediatric Workforce Issues

Date: 20170506Authors: Elizabeth Mertz, Jean Moore, Joanne SpetzResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health

This article updates and synthesizes the evidence on clinical pediatric workforce models and discusses future directions and implications for health policy.

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

Date: 20170324Authors: Elizabeth Mertz, Cynthia Wides, Aubri Kottek, Paul GatesResearch 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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