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Oral Health

Oral health is increasingly recognized as an important aspect of an individual’s overall health. Oral health care providers consist of a diverse array of dental care, primary care, and specialty care professionals. Oral health care faces many challenges including insurance coverage, diversity, integration with other health services, and the geographic maldistribution of providers.

Topics: Medicaid, Oral Health, Policy

September 30, 2021
This report describes dentists’ opioid prescribing patterns for Medicaid beneficiaries in 2 very different states—Oregon and New York—prior to the implementation of several national and state level opioid prescribing guidelines.
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August 31, 2021
This webinar describes the development and usage of social mission metrics and discusses implications for future work in this area.
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April 13, 2021
This webinar focuses on the dental therapy movement and examines the role of health equity in its adoption.
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Authors: Patricia Pittman

Topics: Data Visualization, Oral Health, Scope of Practice (SOP)

February 9, 2021
This interactive infographic describes the status of dental therapy in the US and details the specific requirements in state laws and regulations that define dental therapy practice.
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COVID-19 and the Health Workforce

Authors: Patricia Pittman

Topics: COVID-19, Health Workforce Journal Supplement, Long-Term Care, Nursing, Oral Health, Primary Care

February 4, 2021
This commentary describes the articles included in the health workforce research journal supplement of Medical Care Research and Review. It discusses how the issues raised by the authors relate to the COVID-19 pandemic and rapidly changing health care environment.
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