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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

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

Exploring Explanations for the Female-Male Earnings Difference Among Registered Nurses in the United States

A 2015 study published in JAMA found that the wage gap persists in nursing, with male nurses making $5,100 more on average per year than female colleagues in similar positions. This latest study aims...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Susan H Busch, Jody Sindelar and Peter I Buerhaus
Date: Sep. 01, 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

Survey of Health Care Employers in Arizona: Maricopa County Community Health Centers, 2015

A survey of Arizona health care employers was conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the spring of 2016. The survey captured responses from 59 percent of the community...

Author(s): Lela Chu and Joanne Spetz
Date: Jul. 26, 2016

Survey of Health Care Employers in Arizona: Home Health Agencies, 2015

UCSF conducted the Survey of Health Care Employers in Arizona: Home Health Agencies, 2015 in the summer and fall of 2015. The survey elicited 25 unique responses, representing 11.4% of the total...

Author(s): Lela Chu and Joanne Spetz
Date: Jul. 15, 2016