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A Toolkit to Advance Racial Health Equity in Primary Care Improvement

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is focused on effectively integrating equity into health care improvement projects. Informed by its Racial Health Equity Workgroup and developed in...

Date: April 21, 2022

Comparison of Dental Care Visits Before and After Adoption of a Policy to Expand the Dental Workforce in Minnesota

Adding new types of clinicians is often a policy strategy to address clinician shortages and enhance access to health care. In oral health, several states have sought to expand the dental workforce...

Author(s): Hawazin W. Elani, PhD, and Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, Ichiro Kawachi, PhD
Date: March 18, 2022

A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Opioid Prescriptions Associated with Nonsurgical Dental Visits Among Oregon and New York State Medicaid Beneficiaries, 2014-2016

Studies estimate that approximately one-third of all opioid prescriptions (Rxs) from dentists are associated with nonsurgical dental procedures, which suggests unwarranted opioid use. The authors...

Author(s): Enihomo Obadan-UdohDDS, Matthew Jura, Shen Wang, Miranda Werts, Robert Martiniano, Ulrike Muench, and Elizabeth Mertz
Date: February 10, 2022

Psychometric Properties of the Perinatal Missed Care Survey and Missed Care During Labor and Birth

Kalisch and colleagues developed one of the reliable and valid measures of missed nursing care, the MISSCARE survey, which has been used extensively in medical surgical care and has been adapted to...

Author(s): Audrey Lyndom, Kathleen Simpson, Joanne Spetz, Jason Fletcher, Caryl Gay, and Gay Landstrom
Source: Elsevier
Date: Feb 2022

Lack of Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Addiction Physicians

Compared to white individuals, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx individuals have decreased access to addiction care, lower rates of addiction treatment, and higher rates of incarceration, non-fatal...

Author(s): Maria Garcia, Janet Coffman, Ayana Jordan, and Marlene Martin
Date: January 31, 2022

CIN Connections, Winter 2022 — Centering Equity in Health Care Improvement

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is a community of health care professionals committed to identifying and spreading ideas for better primary care delivery. This issue of CIN Connections...

Date: January 11, 2022

Innovation Landscape — Solving Shortages: How Technology Can Help Meet California’s Immediate Health Workforce Needs

The health care safety-net system, a patchwork of programs and providers that serve Californians with low incomes, faces unique challenges in recruiting and maintaining its clinical staff due to...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz and Amy Quan
Date: November 23, 2021

Dental Therapists in the United States: Health Equity, Advancing

Dental therapists (DTs) are primary care dental providers, used globally, and were introduced in the United States (US) in 2005. DTs have now been adopted in 13 states and several Tribal nations....

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Aubri Kottek, Miranda Werts, Margaret Langelier, Simona Surdu, and Jean Moore
Source: Medical Care
Date: Oct 2021

Dental Public Health Post-Graduate Trainees in the US: Experiences, Challenges, and Opportunities—A Qualitative Study

The goal of this study was to explore challenges and opportunities that dental public health (DPH) residents and recent graduates experienced during and after their residency training programs in the...

Author(s): Sepideh Banava, Enihomo Obadan-Udoh, and Elizabeth Mertz
Date: September 25, 2021

Advancing Health Worker Well-Being: Trends and Opportunities

Health systems are uniquely positioned to advance health equity in communities by ensuring that workers are well, resilient, and equipped to deliver high-quality care. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown...

Author(s): Sunita Mutha, Emily Shen, and Diane Schweitzer
Date: Sep 2021