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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.

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Authors: Simona Surdu | Margaret Langelier | Chelsea Fosse | Qiushuang Li

Topics: Data Analysis, Education and Training, Oral Health

May 28, 2020
This report evaluates the attitudes and willingness of general and specialty dentists to treat people with special needs and identifies the barriers to greater participation by dentists in the care of these patients.
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Authors: Leanne Keough | Margaret Langelier | Morgan Clifford | Nubia Goodwin | Tom Melnik

Topics: Emerging Models and Innovations, Integration and Collaboration, Oral Health

March 26, 2020
This compendium summarizes best practices in innovative oral health service delivery programs drawn from over 40 case studies conducted by the OHWRC in recent years. Organizations included were early initiators of service integration, mobile/portable dentistry, and/or teledentistry.
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Authors: Simona Surdu | Margaret Langelier | Qiushuang Li | Nubia Goodwin

Topics: Integration and Collaboration, Oral Health

March 24, 2020
This report highlights unique access barriers for specific high-need children (racial/ethnic minorities, low-income parents, uninsured families, Medicaid beneficiaries, rural individuals) or geographic regions.
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September 25, 2019
This webinar focuses on the implications of a study for practicing pediatric dentists along with a question and answer session about the study.
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September 9, 2019
This webinar presented the findings from a major recent study of the pediatric dentistry workforce. Speakers described the origins for the study, its methods, and the policy implications of its findings.
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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: Simona Surdu | Margaret Langelier | Yuhao Liu | Nubia Goodwin

Topics: Diversity, Oral Health

July 15, 2019
This report evaluates the differences by gender of dental professionals' practice characteristics including employment status, working hours, and practice location.
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Authors: Jean Moore | Nubia Goodwin

Topics: Oral Health, Scope of Practice (SOP)

March 20, 2019
This article discusses an infographic developed by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center that visually depicts state-level variation in scope of practice for dental hygienists to help better inform policy makers and other oral health stakeholders.
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March 13, 2019
This webinar provides an overview of the New York DSRIP program and features presentations from two PPSs on urban and rural health workforce strategies, including a registered apprenticeship program for certified nursing assistants and long-term approaches for developing the healthcare pipeline.
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Authors: Simona Surdu | Margaret Langelier | Qiushuang Li | Sohini Dhar | Mia Stufflebeam

Topics: Oral Health

March 1, 2019
This report evaluates factors identifies by consumers as impacting their access to oral health services and explores differences in utilization of oral health services by demographically distinct population groups.
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