1. What is the impact of more women as dentists on the dental workforce of the future? Will they work longer or more collaboratively to share practices or will there be other models as a result of there being more women in the dental workforce?

  2. What is the potential impact of the accreditation of foreign dental schools upon the dental workforce in the United States?

  3. If the Colorado experience with independent dental hygiene is showing constraints with funding and capitalization, then how will creating a higher level hygienist with a more costly education and demanding higher wages facilitate greater access to care?

  4. How effective has direct access been at increasing access to dental hygiene services and at getting people to have access to comprehensive care? What is the evidence base?

  5. How many independent practices of dental hygiene are in operation in Colorado/Denver?

  6. Explain the financing of Apple Tree. What is the funding source(s)? What role does Medicaid play? Who makes your portable dental equipment?

  7. How would you address workforce requirements to deal with the major determinants of oral disease, namely lifestyle and socio-environmental influences? Who will ensure healthy public policy regarding prevention that obviates the need to treatment services?

  8. What can be done now to take models like Apple Tree to scale nationally?

  9. How many nursing home residents do not have a responsible party which is a family member and subsequently a state agency makes care decisions? How much longer does it take for them to receive dental care?

  10. How safe is the dental loan repayment fund in the current economy?

  11. Is the placement of unsupervised dental hygienists into primary care medical practices consistent with Colorado’s state dental practice act? If yes, how did you do that?

  12. Nationally, while the number of rural applicants to health profession programs has remained stable, the number accepted (for example, medical school) has decreased. How has Colorado been able to prioritize and prepare rural health professions applicants?

  13. How has the independent practice of dental hygiene in Colorado (for the past 14 years) increased access to care for the underserved elderly? Any data?

  14. What is a reasonable distance for someone in a rural area to have to drive to the dentist?

  15. Please define “remote populations.”



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