211598 IOM Oral Health Workforce Report and the Access Crisis

Monday, November 9, 2009: 4:30 PM

Myron Allukian, DDS, MPH , Oral Health Consultant, Boston, MA
David Sundwall, MD , Executive Director, Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, UT
Ronald Tankersley, DDS , President Elect, American Dental Association, Newport News, VA
Lynn Ramer, LDH , President, American Dental Hygienists' Association, Chicago, IL
Scott L. Tomar, DMD, DrPH , President, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, University of Florida College of Dentistry, Gainesville, FL
The official report on the U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade Workshop held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences in the spring of 2009 will be presented by the Chair of the IOM Workshop Planning Committee. The access crisis in obtaining oral health services is becoming more visible in our country as the dentist workforce continues to decrease and become less available to the public for a variety of reasons. Current oral health needs and demographics, future trends and challenges, and innovative strategies for improving access by new workforce providers in different settings will be presented.

A panel of reactors consisting of the Presidents of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) will give their perspectives on what their respective organizations are promoting and/or are supporting in regard to innovative strategies for responding to the access crisis through changes in the dental workforce. The panelists will also discuss “What's next?” as a result of the IOM Report, and how can we work together to improve dental access for the American people, especially the underserved.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss findings from the IOM Report/Workshop on the US Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade. Describe the current and projected dental workforce and addressing future oral health needs. Discuss innovative strategies to address access to care issues through changes in dental workforce.

Keywords: Oral Health Needs, Access to Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as Chair of the IOM Planning Committee for the Workshop on the Sufficiency of the U.S. Orah Health Workforce in the Coming Decade. I am the Executive Director of the Utah Depatarment of Health, and the immediate Past President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.