A National Study of the Practice Characteristics of Women in Dentistry and Potential Impacts on Access to Care for Underserved Communities
This report evaluates the differences by gender of dental professionals’ practice characteristics including employment status, working hours, and practice location.
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.
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.
Case Studies of 6 Safety Net Organizations That Integrate Oral and Mental/Behavioral Health With Primary Care Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trends in the Development of the Dental Service Organization Model: Implications for the Oral Health Workforce and Access to Services
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.
This article updates and synthesizes the evidence on clinical pediatric workforce models and discusses future directions and implications for health policy.
Underrepresented Minority Dentists: Quantifying Their Numbers and Characterizing the Communities They Serve
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.