Oral Health Workforce

With more than 20 years of expertise, Healthforce Center is at the forefront of research insights into the oral health workforce. Our studies include research on emerging models of oral health care, diversity in dentistry, and scope of practice.

Publications

Dominant Power and the Concept of Caste: Implications for Dentistry and Oral Health Inequality

In her 2020 book Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson argues that a caste system not only exists in the US, but also...

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

In this cross-sectional study of 2,613,716 adults, authorizing dental therapists was associated with an increase in dental care use among low-...

A Dental Care Coordination System to Increase Access for Medicaid Dental Program Beneficiaries: Experiences in Alameda County, California

In 2016, the California Department of Health Care Services launched the Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI) to address statewide...

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,...

The Changing Role of Post-baccalaureate Programs in Dental Education

Pre-dental post-baccalaureate programs can help address oral health disparities by improving the diversity of the dental workforce pipeline.