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Oral Health Workforce Research Center

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Research to Improve the Oral Health of the Nation’s Population

An available, competent, and well distributed workforce is required to assure access to needed oral health services. The key goals of the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) are to provide timely, accurate data and conduct policy relevant research to assist in workforce planning for oral health services.

OHWRC is based at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York. OHWRC was formed as a partnership between CHWS and the Healthforce Center at the University of California, San Francisco. It is funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis of the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). CHWS is 1 of 7 health workforce research centers in the country, and the only HRSA-sponsored center with a unique focus on the oral health workforce.


Completed HRSA Projects

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

The Evolving Pipeline of Hispanic Dentists in the US and its Practice and Policy Implications

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

Impact of a Teledentistry Program on Acess to Services and Oral Health Outcomes in the Patient Population

Graphic Visualization to Help Policy Makers Understand the Wide Variation in State-level Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice

Impact of the Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice on Oral Health Outcomes

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

Development of a New Scope of Practice Index for Dental Hygienists, 2016

Underrepresented Minority Dentists’ Contribution to Health Equity in the US

Understanding the Impact of Dental Residents and Student Dental Externs on Oral Health Service Delivery Capacity in the Safety Net

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

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

Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index by State, 2014

Evolving Delivery Models for Dental Care Services in Long-Term Care Settings: 4 State Case Studies

The Dental Assistant Workforce in the United States, 2015

Case Studies of 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers: Strategies to Integrate Oral Health with Primary Care


Current Projects

Trends in the Provision of Oral Health Services by FQHCs and Identifying Contributing Factors

Conducting a Consumer Survey focused on Barriers and Facilitators of Access to Oral Health Services

Administering a National Study of the Practice Characteristics of Women in Dentistry and Potential Impacts on Access to Care for Underserved Communities

Exploring the Impacts of Dental Post-Graduate Residency Training on Choice of Practice Setting

Conducting a Series of Case Studies to Identify Strategies Used by Federally Qualified Health Centers to Integrate Oral Health and Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Services


Learn more about OHWRC by visiting their website at www.oralhealthworkforce.org