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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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The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Community Health Center Staffing

Date: 09/01/2017Research Center: GW Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Community Health Center, Staffing, Medicaid

The primary objective of this study was to examine the effects of state Medicaid expansion on community health center staffing.

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

Date: 08/01/2017Research 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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DocFlows: A Web-Based, Interactive App to Explore the Interstate Migration of Residents-in-Training and Practicing Physicians

Date: 08/01/2017Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Training

This report examined the DocFlows web app developed by the Carolina Health Workforce, which allows users to query, download, and share maps/graphs of interstate moves by residents and actively practicing physicians in 35 specialities.

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Clinical Support Personnel in US Hospitals: Job Trends, 2010-2014

Date: 07/21/2017Research Center: GW Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Training

The purpose of this analysis is to better understand how hospitals are using Clinical Support Personnel (CSP), and to explore changes that may have occurred since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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Pediatric Workforce Issues

Date: 05/06/2017Research 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: 03/24/2017Research 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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Analysis of Behavioral Health Workforce Competencies Among Professions

Date: 03/01/2017Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health

This study seeks to identify common competency sets used across the behavioral health workforce and assess the alignment of competency statement content across behavioral health occupations.

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