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Rural-Urban Prescribing Patterns by Primary Care and Behavioral Health Providers in Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Older adults with serious mental illness (SMI) often have multiple comorbidities and complex medication schedules. Shortages of behavioral health specialists (BHSs), especially in rural areas,...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Matthew Jura, Cindy Parks Thomas, Jennifer Perloff, and Joanne Spetz
Date: November 30, 2022

Rural Access to Leadership Development in California: Needs and Opportunities

Nationwide experts on rural health assert that leadership training would benefit health and health care in rural communities. Most available leadership development programs for health care leaders in...

Author(s): Emily Shen, Renae Waneka, Gina Lima, and Sunita Mutha
Source: Healthforce Center at UCSF
Date: November 18, 2022

Teledentistry Trends in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This report reviews the use of teledentistry following the COVID-19 pandemic in 4 states—California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—and the supports needed to enhance dental care in a post-COVID-...

Author(s): Miranda Werts, Prashanta Patel, and Elizabeth Mertz
Date: Oct 2022

Analysis of US County Characteristics and Clinicians With Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine After Changes in Federal Education Requirements

Buprenorphine is associated with decreased mortality from opioid use disorder, but prescribing is limited in office-based settings to clinicians with federal waivers. To expand this workforce, on...

Author(s): Thuy Nguyen, Barbara Andraka-Christou, Camila Arnaudo, W. David Bradford, Kosali Simon, and Joanne Spetz
Date: October 21, 2022

Personal Care Aides: Assessing Self-Care Needs and Worker Shortages in Rural Areas

Previous research has documented shortages of personal care aides who provide Medicaid home and community-based services, but there are few detailed geographic data to determine the areas of greatest...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Lillie Greiman, Timothy Bates, Laura M. Wagner, Ari Lissau, Kirsi Toivanen-Atilla, and Rayna Sage
Date: Oct 2022

Trends in Postgraduate Dental Training in the United States

Objective This study examines the individual, educational, and policy factors that predict dentists pursuing postgraduate dental (PGD) training. Methods Individual dentist records from the 2017...

Author(s): Timothy Bates, Matthew Jura, Miranda Werts, Aubri Kottek, Bradley Munson, Marko Vujicic, and Elizabeth A. Mertz
Date: September 27, 2022

Practice Patterns of Postgraduate Trained Dentists in the United States

Objective Postgraduate dental (PGD) primary care training has grown significantly. This study examines the individual, educational, community, and policy factors that predict practice patterns of PGD...

Author(s): Elizabeth A. Mertz, Timothy Bates, Aubri Kottek, Matthew Jura, Miranda Werts, Bradley Munson, and Marko Vujicic
Date: September 27, 2022

Workforce Trends of Underrepresented Minority Nurses in the United States over the Last Decade: Progress Towards Equal Representation?

A healthcare workforce representative of the race/ethnicity composition of the population it serves is central to addressing systemic health inequities. The aim of this study was to assess workforce...

Author(s): Edward Hynson, Jason Bloomer, Zoe Samson, Kiersten Price, Daniel Tran, and Ulrike Muench
Date: September 6, 2022

Buprenorphine Treatment: Advanced Practice Nurses Add Capacity

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was slower growth in the number of new waivers authorizing clinicians to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder. However, treatment capacity grew...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Laurie Hailer, Caryl Gay, Matthew Tierney, Laura A. Schmidt, Bethany Phoenix, and Susan A. Chapman
Date: Sep 2022

Policy Considerations for Routine Screening for Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs)

In October of 2021, California mandated commercial insurance coverage of screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in addition to ACEs screening already covered for the Medi-Cal enrollees....

Author(s): Riti Shimkhada, Jacqueline Miller, Elizabeth Magnan, Marykate Miller, Janet Coffman, and Garen Corbett
Date: Jul 2022