The Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health collected scope of practice and credential requirements for 10 behavioral health occupations across all 50 states and DC. These data were then transformed into 2 visualization tools and hosted on the Center’s website, allowing visitors to parse through the information intuitively and export subsets of their choosing. This 30-minute webinar covers the visualizations’ functionality in detail, explaining the range of information captured, how to use the online tools, and what features will be added in the future. To view the tools, click here. If you have questions or feedback on the tools, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oral Health Workforce Research Center studies dental hygienist (DH) scope of practice and finds great variability in what DHs in different states are allowed to do. Researchers at the Center built a scope of practice scale for DHs, the Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) and used it to score state-specific DH scope of practice in 2014. Using 2014 DHPPI scores, researchers found that more autonomous DH scope of practice had a positive and statistically significant association with population oral health. Since broader DH scope of practice is correlated with better oral health outcomes, researchers developed an infographic that allows state-to-state comparisons of DH scope of practice. This presentation highlights the research that supported the development of the DH scope of practice infographic.
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.
In the U.S., the primary responsibility for health professions regulation falls to states. There is concern that this approach is not well-suited to respond to the workforce challenges faced in a health care delivery system that is undergoing rapid transformation. This webinar describes the aspects of health professions regulation that constrain effective and efficient use of the health workforce and offer recommendations to strengthen scope of practice decision-making. Also discusses an innovative approach used in Virginia to address proposed scope of practice expansions.