Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
Oral Health Workforce Assessment
In 2016, the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health (BPCRH) was awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) state grant to support the Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Expansion Program which included the following goals: Establish a Dental Rural Scholars Track Program (RST), establish an Oral Health Recruitment Project and conduct a Dental Health Needs Assessment.
A Dental Health Needs Assessment was conducted, which utilized a collaborative approach looking broadly at oral health in Louisiana. The process included: synthesis of existing data on social, economic, and health indicators; scan of existing oral health services and programs; analysis of information from a survey of oral health stakeholders and providers (N=365); and interviews with oral health and medical providers, school nurses, and public health administrators with a medical degree (n=17).
Enhancing relationships in the dental community to gain better support from dental providers. There were several attempts made to obtain participation. Participation from these high need HPSA parishes, especially in northern Louisiana, continues to be a challenge. Participants included only dental care providers and other healthcare providers’ perceptions on oral health care. It did not include community and utilizers perceptions. However, there was a variation of partners involved in the overall project. The program would consider bringing together focus groups and conduct regional presentations.
The Great Flood in August and the federally recognized flooding that occurred in 2016. These disasters caused a mass amount of business, schools, etc. closures which shifted priorities and resulted in a project implementation delay.
Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:
MeChaune L. Butler, MPA, Oral Health Program Manager, Louisiana Office of Public Health, Well-Ahead Louisiana Oral Health Promotion, 628 North 4th Street, Bin #4, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Phone:225-342-7804, Email Address: Mechaune.Butler@LA.GOV
Kimberly Brent, Health System Development Unit Director, Louisiana Office of Public Health, Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health, 628 North 4th Street, Bin #4, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Phone: 225-342-0057, Email Address: Kimberly.Jones@la.gov