Oral Health Workforce Study Identifies Rural Service Gaps

December 6, 2011  |  Foundation News  | Read More (External Link)

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Kansas’ Bureau of Oral Health and the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Center for Community Health Improvement released a report in September 2011 on the rural dental workforce that pinpoints the areas of Kansas with the fewest dental providers.

Using dental professional data from the 2009 Kansas Department of Health and Environment Workforce Assessment, census data and GIS mapping, the project identified the state’s dental shortage areas, or “dental deserts” – geographic areas where there are no dental services, and where the closest dental office is at least 30 minutes away.

The report indicates that at least 57,000 Kansans live in “dental care service deserts.” The report projects this number to increase as the primary care dentists working in rural areas retire, and as forecast, are not fully replaced.

Access the “Mapping the Rural Kansas Dental Workforce:  Implications for Population Oral Health” full report