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New Roles for Medical Assistants in Innovative Primary Care Practices

This publication, which is part of a special issue for the journal Health Services Research on the evolving US health care workforce, describes innovative roles for medical assistants (MAs) in the...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman and Lisel K. Blash
Date: Jan. 31, 2017

The State of the California Medical Laboratory Technician Workforce

California faces laboratory workforce shortages to meet the healthcare demands of the population. This national study compares the California MLT workforce to the rest of the country. The California...

Author(s): Kristine A. Himmerick, Ginachukwu Amah and Susan Chapman 
Date: Jan. 30, 2017

Utilization of Community Health Workers in Emerging Care Coordination Models in California

Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud are playing an increasingly important role in community-based and clinical care settings. This research, supported by the Blue Shield of...

Author(s): Susan Chapman, Onyi Okwandu, Jennifer Schindel and Jacqueline Miller
Date: Jan. 24, 2017

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, Zoey Stafford, and Joanne Spetz
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 and Paul Gates
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 and 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