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Workforce Models: Impact on Dental Hygiene Education
Workforce Models: Impact on Dental Hygiene Education

Speakers: Colleen Brickle, RDH, BS, RF, EdD; Deborah Astroth, RDH, BS; Lisa Rowley, RDH, MS; Rachelle Williams, RDH-EA, MS; Kathryn Battani, RDH, MS; Ann Battrell, MSDH; Ellen Rogo, RDH, PhD

Course Description: Almost all oral disease is preventable, yet our nation continues to be challenged by an oral health access crisis. New types of dental providers and workforce models are needed to meet the oral health needs of the public. In this course, we will take a closer look at how dental hygienists and dental therapists are helping to improve access to care. Plus, we’ll explore curricular models to support primary care concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine examples of current workforce models used to increase access to care
  • Learn how to describe curricular changes that can be implemented to prepare students and practitioners for current and future workforce models
  • Recognize the impact dental hygienists and dental therapists can have on the health of the public working beyond the traditional private practice setting

CE Credit Hours: 3.5

The American Dental Hygienists' Association is designated as an approved provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHADH (Jan. 1, 2021–Dec. 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is an approved provider of dental continuing education as recognized by the Dental Board of California, Provider #5238.