CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDHC community dental health coordinator
CDT certified dental technician
CHC community health center
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CHIPRA Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CODA Commission on Dental Accreditation
DHAT dental health aide therapist
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
DGME direct Graduate Medical Education
DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine
DT Minnesota dental therapist

ECC early childhood caries
ED (hospital) emergency department
EFDA expanded function dental assistant
EPSDT Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment

FEHBP Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
FPL federal poverty level
FQHC Federally Qualified Health Center
FTC Federal Trade Commission

GAMC General Assistance Medical Care
GAO U.S. Government Accountability Office
GME Graduate Medical Education

HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HKD Healthy Kids Dental
HPSA Health Professional Shortage Area
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration

IHS Indian Health Service
LME indirect medical education

IOM Institute of Medicine

LHD local health department
LTC long-term care


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