Safety-Net Patientsā€™ Satisfaction With Oral Health Services by Provider Type and Intent to Return For More Care

Recent changes in dental workforce models, driven by rising demand for oral health services, have sparked discussions about the need for innovation and greater efficiency in the United States’ oral health care delivery system. Legislative action enabling new workforce models and expanding scopes of practice for the existing dental workforce has facilitated team-based approaches to…

Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice: Why It Matters

Legal scope of practice (SOP), based on state-specific practice acts, defines what services a health professional is allowed to provide and under what conditions in a given state. This webinar considers state-to-state variability in dental hygiene (DH) SOP. The presenter will describe the use of the Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index to quantify SOP and…

Authorization Status of Dental Therapists by State – 2024 Update

Dental therapists (DTs) are primary dental care practitioners that have been deployed in many countries around the world. There is increasingly strong evidence supporting the safety and effectiveness of DTs, including their ability to promote community-based services and enhance oral health equity. Following the approval of education standards by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)…

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

Between February and July 2015 researchers at the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) completed case studies at 8 FQHCs headquartered or operating satellite clinics in 9 states. This report explores the barriers and facilitators to integration of oral health services with primary health care delivery in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the United…

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

Individuals living in long-term care (LTC) facilities or receiving in-home care (IHC), are significantly more likely to have poorer oral health status compared to individuals living independently. Despite this increased risk, provision of dental services in LTC settings is limited. As the Baby Boomer Generation ages into LTC, the number of individuals requiring dental care…

Utilization of Oral Health Services by Medicaid-Insured AdultsĀ in Oklahoma, 2012-2013

While Medicaid dental coverage for children is relatively consistent across the 50 states, dental beneļ¬ts for Medicaid-enrolled adults vary signiļ¬cantly from state to state. As a result of the recent economic recession, many states have moved to limit Medicaid expenditures for dental care. As of 2012, 22 states, including Oklahoma, either oļ¬€er no adult dental…

The Dental Assistant Workforce in the United States, 2015

Dental assistants (DAs) are important members of the oral health workforce team and perform a variety of clinical and administrative tasks. However, requirements for entry into the workforce, allowable tasks, and supervision vary by state. This report examines the dental assistant workforce to better understand roles, functions, and contributions to improving population oral health.ArrayReport Arrayhttps://www.oralhealthworkforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Dental_Assistant_Workforce_2015.pdfOctober…

Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index by State, 2014

The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) developed a numerical scope of practice index for the dental hygiene profession called the 2001 Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) under a contract with the the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Scope of practice for dental hygienists has…

Underrepresented Minority Dentists: Quantifying Their Numbers and Characterizing the Communities They Serve

Despite initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels, the underrepresentation of Blacks, Hispanic/Latinos (H/L), and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) among dentists persists. Improving workforce diversity promotes social justice and also increases access, health equity, and health care quality, particularly for minority populations. This article quantifies the shortage of underrepresented minority (URM) dentists and their…

Development of a New Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index by State, 2016

The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) developed a numerical scope of practice index for the dental hygiene profession called the Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) under a contract with the the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Because the variables in the original DHPPI, which…

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