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Remote Monitoring Technologies in Long-Term Care: Implications for Care Team Organization and Training

There is a widely accepted observation that the current health care delivery model in the U.S was not developed to manage care needs associated with extended life expectancy and growing rates of...

Author(s): Aubri Kottek, MPH, Zoey Stafford, BSN, and Joanne Spetz, PhD, FAAN
Date: Jan. 05, 2017

The Black Dentist Workforce in the United States

The Black population in the US experiences disparities in oral health. Black adults are twice as likely to have unmet dental needs when compared to Whites and face many barriers to accessing dental...

Author(s): Jean Calvo, Cynthia Wides, MA; Paul Gates, DDS, MBA
Date: Dec. 21, 2016

The American Indian and Alaska Native Dentist Workforce in the United States

The purpose of this article is to describe the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) dentist workforce, the general practice patterns of these providers, and their contributions to oral health care...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz,  Cynthia Wides, Paul Gates
Date: Dec. 14, 2016

Underrepresented Minority Dentists: Quantifying Their Numbers And Characterizing The Communities They Serve

The underrepresentation of Blacks, Hispanics or Latinos, and American Indians or Alaska Natives among dentists raises concerns about the diversity of the dental workforce, disparities in access to...

Author(s): Elizabeth A. Mertz, Cynthia D. Wides, Aubri M. Kottek, Jean Marie Calvo and Paul E. Gates
Date: Dec. 05, 2016

The Dental-Medical Divide

The importance of oral health for overall well-being cannot be overstated. Yet the US dental delivery system struggles to address effectively the two most common oral diseases (caries and periodontal...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz
Date: Dec. 05, 2016

New Model of Paramedicine Could Reduce Demand for Long-Term Care

Mobile integrated healthcare – community paramedicine (MIH-CP) is a new model of care that trains paramedics to deliver a broader range of services than traditional emergency response and transport...

Author(s): Alicia Lafrance and Janet M. Coffman
Date: Nov. 17, 2016

California Pioneers New Workforce Models

Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) are licensed registered dental hygienists with specialized training that allow them to practice in settings outside of the traditional...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz and Ruth Kearn
Date: Oct. 01, 2016

Few Hospital Palliative Care Programs Meet National Staffing Recommendations

This study, which was published in Health Affairs, was the first major data analysis of hospital palliative care programs’ workforce. The growing field of palliative care, which affects nearly all...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Nancy Dudley, Laura Trupin, Maggie Rogers, Diane E. Meier, and Tamara Dumanovsky
Date: Sep. 07, 2016

Issue Brief: California's Teaching Health Centers

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to increase the number of primary care physicians serving people in medically...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Margaret Fix and Kristine Himmerick
Date: Aug. 17, 2016

Reducing Health Care Disparities for Minority Women in the Era of the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities within Primary Care

Despite improvements in overall health of the American population, disparities persist, particularly for minority women. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers the potential to reduce disparities...

Author(s): Leah Karliner, Angela Marks and Sunita Mutha
Date: May. 31, 2016