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THE U.S. ORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE IN THE COMING DECADE WO R K S H O P S U M M A RY Tracy A. Harris, Rapporteur Board on Health Care Services
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PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE WORKSHOP ON THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE U.S. ORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE IN THE COMING DECADE DAVID N. SUNDWALL (Chair), Executive Director, Utah Department of Health MARCIA BRAND, Associate Administrator for Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration DANIEL DERKSEN, Professor and Senior Fellow, RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico LEN FINOCCHIO, Senior Program Officer, California HealthCare Foundation SHELLY GEHSHAN, Director, Advancing Childrenâs Dental Health Initiative, Pew Center on the States ELIZABETH MERTZ, Program Director, Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco Study Staff TRACY A. HARRIS, Senior Program Officer JOI D. WASHINGTON, Senior Program Assistant ROGER HERDMAN, Board Director, Board on Health Care Services â âIOM planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the workshop, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteur and the institution.
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viii REVIEWERS coordinator CARMEN GREEN, of the University of Michigan Medical School. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review com- ments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the author and the institution.
Contents 1 INTRODUCTION 1 Role of the Institute of Medicine, 2 Workshop Charge and Approach, 2 2 THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ORAL HEALTH AND OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING 5 3 CURRENT ORAL HEALTH NEEDS AND THE STATUS OF ACCESS TO CARE 9 Early Life Cycle, 9 Older Adults and People with Disabilities, 12 Rural Populations, 14 Indian Health Service, 16 African American Populations, 18 Hispanic Populations, 19 Reaction and Discussion, 19 4 CURRENT DEMOGRAPHICS AND FUTURE TRENDS OF THE ORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE 23 The Dental Workforce, 23 The Nondental Oral Health Workforce, 28 Reaction and Discussion, 34 5 CURRENT DELIVERY SYSTEMS 39 Private Practice, 39 ix
CONTENTS Medicaid-Focused Practices, 42 Community Health Centers, 43 Reaction and Discussion, 45 6 END-OF-DAY DISCUSSION: DAY 1 47 Discussantsâ Panel, 47 Reaction and Discussion, 50 7 CHALLENGES OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM 53 Creating Future Leaders, 53 Regulatory Challenges, 55 Financing Challenges, 59 Challenges in Quality Assessment in Private Practice, 62 8 THE ETHICAL PRINCIPLES AND OBLIGATIONS TO INCREASING ACCESS 67 What Is the Problem?, 67 What Defines the Basic Standard of Care?, 68 Whose Responsibility Is It to Provide Needed Services?, 68 Conclusions, 69 Reaction and Discussion, 70 9 THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE 71 Childrenâs Oral Health: International Successes, 71 Dental and Oral Health Therapists in Australia, 74 Oral Health Care Professions in the Netherlands, 76 Reaction and Discussion, 78 10 WORKFORCE STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING ACCESS 81 Community Dental Health Coordinator, 81 DENTEX: The Dental Health Aide Therapist in Alaska, 82 Oral Health Practitioner, 84 Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice and Virtual Dental Homes, 86 Oral Health Impact Project, 89 Health Commons, 91 Pediatric Oral Health Educator, 92 Reaction and Discussion, 94 11 END-OF-DAY DISCUSSION: DAY 2 97 Discussantsâ Panel, 97 Reaction and Discussion, 100
CONTENTS xi 12 CHARGE TO IMPROVE CHILDRENâS ACCESS TO A ORAL HEALTH SERVICES 103 13 REFRAMING THE SYSTEM 107 Federal Government, 107 State Department of Health, 109 Working with State Legislators, 111 State Government, 111 Health Policy, 113 Dental Education, 115 Advocacy, 116 Media, 118 Reaction and Discussion, 119 14 CONCLUDING REMARKS 125 REFERENCES 129 APPENDIXES A Workshop Agenda 133 B Planning Committee Biographies 139 C Speakers and Moderators 145 D Workshop Participants 149 E Submitted Comments and Questions 159