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Elizabeth Mertz, PhD

Associate professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Services, School of Dentistry, and the Healthforce Center, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

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Authors: Ginachukwu Amah | Matthew Jura | Elizabeth Mertz

Topics: Education and Training, Oral Health

August 15, 2019
This report assesses the impacts of HRSA's postgraduate dental training programs on current practice patterns of 'completers' of these programs and on improving the capacity of dentists to meet the needs of the underserved.
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Authors: Keely Walgama | Cynthia Wides | Aubri Kottek | Elizabeth Mertz

Topics: Long-Term Care, Oral Health

November 1, 2018
The article assesses state-level policies, practice and funding sources for dental workforce for institutionalized and homebound populations, as well as, identifies available data, data gaps, and future data collection avenues in terms of quantifying this critical professional workforce engaged in long-term care.
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Authors: Zeeshan Raja | Cynthia Wides | Aubri Kottek | Paul Gates | Elizabeth Mertz

Topics: Diversity, Education and Training, Oral Health

August 1, 2017
This report examines trends in Hispanic/Latino (H/L) dentists’ education and pathways to practice; analyzes practice patterns of H/L dentists; 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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Authors: Margaret Langelier | Shen Wang | Simona Surdu | Elizabeth Mertz | Cynthia Wides

Topics: Oral Health

August 1, 2017
This report identifies and analyzes data describing dental support organizations (DSOs), including interviews with DSOs to understand the qualitative aspects and benefits of management alliances.
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Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Joanne Spetz | Jean Moore

Topics: Oral Health

May 6, 2017
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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Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Cynthia Wides | Aubri Kottek | Jean Marie Calvo | Paul Gates

Topics: Diversity, Oral Health

March 24, 2017
This article quantifies 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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Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Cynthia Wides | Jean Marie Calvo | Paul Gates

Topics: Diversity, Oral Health

December 26, 2016
This article examines the Hispanic/Latino (H/L) dentist workforce, their practice patterns, and overall contribution to oral heal care for H/L and patients with limited access.
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Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Jean Marie Calvo | Cynthia Wides | Paul Gates

Topics: Diversity, Oral Health

December 14, 2016
This article describes the black dentist workforce, the practice patterns of providers, and their contributions to dental health care for minorities and patients with limited access.
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Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Cynthia Wides | Paul Gates

Topics: Diversity, Oral Health

December 6, 2016
This article describes the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) dentist workforce, examines the practice patterns of AI/AN dentists, and describes how these providers contribute to the oral health care of AI/AN and underserved populations.
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Authors: Elizabeth Mertz | Cynthia Wides

Topics: Long-Term Care, Oral Health

January 1, 2016
This report examines the current and changing practice models utilized in providing dental services in long-term care (LTC), residential care, and for homebound individuals through 4 state case studies.
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