The Changing Landscape in Oral Health: An Introduction to Workforce Strategies Designed to Expand Access to Care
This webinar will provide participants an introductory overview of the oral health workforce in America and highlight key themes emerging from the OHWRC’s work, including: strategies that facilitate oral health integration with primary care, particularly among safety net providers in clinics as well as community based settings; oral health service innovation, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary team based approaches to providing oral health services, including the use of dental therapists, advanced practice dental hygienists and community health coordinators.
First in a 2-part series on “Health Workforce Needs in a Time of Transformation” highlighting research conducted by 3 of the Health Workforce Research Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. This session focuses on workforce configurations that support value based care. Presenters will describe changing workforce strategies in oral health, behavioral health, and primary care and consider issues such as emerging roles, scope of practice, and unique workforce challenges faced in rural communities.
There is a growing body of evidence documenting the relationship between physical and oral health, increasing interest in expanding access to basic oral health services, particularly for underserved populations. This webinar will discuss key access barriers in oral health and describe findings from research studies conducted by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center that highlight innovative oral health service delivery models and workforce strategies aimed at increasing access to oral health services.