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Dental Therapy Policy Trends - Shared screen with speaker view
Alexandria Forester
Are we automatically muted for this presentation? I want to make sure I'm muted - thanks!
Melissa Ough
yes, you are muted. thanks for checking! :)
Carmen Hufcut
Are the cameras and mic off? Can you see us? I just want ot keep my camera off. Thanks
Melissa Ough
Hi Alexandria. Yes, you are muted. thanks for checking! :)
Melissa Ough
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Melissa Ough
Thank you everyone for joining today! Please use the Q&A box at the bottom of your screen if you would like to ask questions of the panelists
Laurie Humphrey
Hello from Oklahoma
Carmen Hufcut
Is there any information on the percentage of non-dental personnel seeking dental therapy licensing?
Chris Weylman
Will you send a link to the report?
Scott Tomar
Most states with DT legislation require at least 50% of their patients to be Medicaid-insured or meet other income criteria. Is there any other state-licensed professional in which the state requires specific socioeconomic criteria for that individual's patients or clients? Would this requirement withstand legal challenge?
Laura Hale
As folks come up with questions, please add them to the Q&A box
Melissa Ough
Hi everyone! Thanks for the great questions coming in. Just a reminder to please put questions in the Q&A box. The button to open Q&A is at the bottom of your screen. This will help us respond to all of your questions!
Rachel Doherty
Do all DT programs require the applicant to be an expert dental hygienist? Would it be feasible for those who are not an RDH to qualify for the program? I heard the argument that a high school graduate should be able to become a DT without becoming an RDH first due to access to education issues for certain populations however many RDH programs are offered at low cost community colleges where they often qualify for full financial aid. Are alternative paths such as with the Alaskan model possible outside of tribal areas?
Rachel Doherty
How are DT programs financed?
Dr. Miranda Davis
Hi Rachel. Yes - the CODA model is a model that does NOT require a DT to also be a RDH. CODA does not require a program to have prerequisites before entering DT education. This is the standard the Oregon law follows.
Lisa Rowley
It should be noted that state dental practice acts usually do not specify a particular academic degree for dentists, dental hygienists or dental assistants. They only require that they graduate from a CODA accredited education program. The education programs decide what degree they will offer.
Judith Crocker-Corbin
Past history FYI- in the 1960's-early 70's Kentucky proposed a career ladder for oral health professionals which led to a pilot project at the University of Kentucky. Dental Hygienists were trained as dental therapist/expanded function practitioners. My husband taught in that program. He would be so supportive of what is now coming to fruition.
Lisa Rowley
The Oregon legislation does not specify which board exams will be accepted for dental therapy licensure. Oregon law allows the Oregon Board of Dentistry to accept "alternative:" clinical board exams. The OBD is currently accepting OSCE-style clinical board exams for dentistry & dental hygiene. They currently do not require clinical board exams to use a live patient or manikin. The Oregon Board of Dentistry is likely to accept OSCE-style clinical board exams for dental therapy licensure.
Karl Self
In MN we still have both Licensed DTs and Certified Advanced DTs!
Laura McKeane
Thank you all for the presentation!
Diann Bomkamp
Thank you!!!