Emerging Oral Health Workforce Models: What They Are, Where They Are and Who They Are

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Thursday, February 16, 2012


Kathi R. Shepherd, RDH, MS

Course Overview

According to the federal government, as of November 2011 an estimated 31 million people live in dental health professional shortage areas across the United States. As a result of the need to increase access to dental care in these areas, several emerging oral health workforce models are being explored. In fact, 11 states currently have a total of 18 bills addressing workforce issues in oral health. This continuing dental education course is designed to provide factual information based on an exhaustive review of emerging oral health workforce model literature.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of emerging oral health workforce models previously evaluated in the literature.
  • Identify emerging oral health workforce models being proposed, developed or practiced.
  • Gain an understanding of educational preparation and required certification/licensure.
  • Discuss the practice setting, dental supervision and services provided in each model.
  • Discuss outcomes of existing models and/or pilots.


University of Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit, MI
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Includes a light supper.

In support of February being National Children's Dental Health Month, a donation of children's oral health care products (i.e. fluoride varnish, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sealant material, ect.) will be accepted in lieu of traditional tuition. If you would rather pay a traditional tuition, a donation of $30 or more is requested. Oral health items and monetary donations will be used to help support services provided by dental hygiene students in the UDMSD/Henry Ford Health System’s school-based dental program.

The school-based program is aimed at increasing access to care and reducing oral health disparities for children enrolled in Detroit Public Schools who lack access to care and experience a high dental disease rate.


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Registration table opens half an hour before the course begins.

CDE Credits

3 hours (Lecture)

Registration Policy

For your convenience you may register up until 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the course with no additional charge. An additional non-refundable fee of $20 dollars per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received after 3:00 p.m. the day prior to a course or to any same day or walk in registrations.

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