Dental Utilization for Communities Served by Dental Therapists in Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta: Findings from an Observational Quantitative Study
In this retrospective program evaluation there were two goals: to examine whether dental utilization rates in Alaska Native communities were associated with the number of Dental Therapist treatment days; and to quantify differences in dental utilization rates between communities.
State lawmakers shouldn’t choose between paying dentists higher rates for treating Medicaid or licensing dental therapists. They should do both.
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Too many Washington children, adults and seniors have no access to routine and preventive dental health care. Dentists and leaders speak up for mid-level dental health care providers for Washington State.
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Based on a review of program evaluations and interviews with community-based oral health experts, program administrators, providers, policymakers, and researchers.