Examining the Drivers and Outcomes of the US Dental Therapy Movement Through a Health Equity Lens


  • 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)


  • Patricia Pittman, PhD

    Director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, Health Workforce Policy Research Center, and the Equity in Health Professions Education Research Center. Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University


Diversity, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Oral Health, Policy, Staffing


Dental therapists (DTs) are primary care dental providers, which are used globally, and were introduced in the United States in 2005. This webinar focuses on the dental therapy movement and examines the role of health equity in its adoption.


38 minutes

Event Date

April 8, 2021