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Dental Public Health Workforce

Enhancing the Dental Public Health Workforce and Infrastructure

The State Oral Health Workforce: Examining the Present and Planning for the Future at the State Health Agency Level

On Friday, February 19, 2016, ASTDD and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials partnered to present "The State Oral Health Workforce: Examining the Present and Planning for the Future at the State Health Agency Level." Oral health is an essential component of overall health and well-being, but it is becoming increasingly clear that optimal oral health can't be achieved without a strong, well trained, and efficiently utilized dental public health workforce. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors hosted a webinar exploring strategies and best practices for developing a strong oral health workforce within state health agencies. Presenters includes Dr. Karyl Rattay, the Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, who spoke to the important role state oral health programs play in the mission of State Health Agencies; Elizabeth Harper, Director of Workforce Research at ASTHO, who shared relevant findings from The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS); and Dr. Don Marianos, State Development and Enhancement Committee Co-Lead at ASTDD, who shared highlights from a new report on best practices for developing workforce capacity in state oral health programs. In addition to the recording, the PowerPoint slides are available for individuals who were not able to participate in the webcast.

February 26-27, 2004

In 2000 ASTDD convened a Leadership Committee through a cooperative agreement from the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau and issued an ASTDD Dental Public Health Leadership Initiative in 2002. The first goal, "Develop a sustainable plan for assuring an adequate cadre of dental public health leaders," included action steps to convene a meeting of partners to plan collaborative strategies and outline roles, and to identify funding options for the various projects. ASTDD wrote a proposal to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to a conference grant RFP to convene a national workshop to address dental public health workforce issues in a coordinated, multi-disciplinary, collaborative fashion. ASTDD subsequently received CDC funding for the workshop, matched by funding from HRSA MCHB through the existing cooperative agreement. The full report of the results of that workshop is available, click HERE dental

The Institute of Medicine workshop

February 9-11, 2009
The current oral health workforce fails to meet the needs of many segments of the U.S. population. This variability in access to oral health services is often related to geography, insurance status, sociodemographic characteristics, and income levels. Challenges include a lack of coordination and integration among the oral health, public health, and medical health care systems; misaligned payment and education systems that focus on the treatment of disease rather than prevention; the lack of a robust evidence base for many dental procedures and workforce models; and regulatory barriers that prevent the exploration of alternative models of care. The Institute of Medicine hosted a workshop on February 9-11, 2009, jointly sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation and the Health Resources and Services Administration to discuss:
  • What is the current status of access to oral health services?
  • Which workforce strategies hold promise to improve access?
  • How can stakeholders improve the regulations and structure of oral health care delivery to improve access?
The report of the workshop is on the IOM site.

ASTDD Best Practice Approach Report

Developing Workforce Capacity in State Oral Health Programs
(January 2016)

ASTDD presented a panel at the APHA Annual Meeting on November 3, 2015 on Strategies for State Oral Health Program Workforce Capacity Development, based on the Best Practice Approach Report, State Oral Health Program Workforce Capacity Development.
Presenters PowerPoint slides:
Dr. Steve Geiermann
Beverly Isman
Dr. Samantha Jordan

Other Resources

New Competencies for the 21st Century Dental Public Health Specialist These replace the previous Dental Public Health Competencies.

Graduate School Information Guide The guide includes: 1) An overview of the educational landscape of public health; 2) Profiles of top-tier schools offering master's in public health programs online - a necessary option for balancing family, work, and school; 3) A searchable database of schools accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

HRSA Data Warehouse Active Grants for HRSA Programs: Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce. View contact information and project abstracts for current grants, categorized by state.

Dental Therapy Toolkit for employers
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), University of Minnesota Dental School, Normandale Community College and MS Strategies collaborated in preparing this document as well as other documents on Minnesota's dental therapists that were developed under this project and published previously.   All of the toolkit documents and resources are posted on MDH's web site.

ADEA Summary of Loan Forgiveness Programs in all 50 States (October 2015)

Tip sheet for HRSA work force grants

Demographics and distribution of dentists in Mississippi: A dental workforce study

Denise Krause, Dennis A Frate and Warren L May; J AM Dent Assoc; 2005; 136; 668-677