Policy White Papers and Briefs
Trends in health care practice indicate that teams produce
more effective patient outcomes than individuals providing clinical care. Our task in dental education is to use this
team approach to provide a framework for successful dental teams to treat oral
diseases. This white paper, a
collaboration among the ADEA Council of Deans and the ADEA Council of Allied
Dental Program Directors, presents a
summary of the 2016 ADEA Survey of Intraprofessional Dental Education and provides examples of intraprofessional dental education models to
aid institutions in implanting intraprofessional education into their
This white paper examines the persistent unmet need for dental care and outlines the contributions of dental safety net providers, including academic dental institutions, in addressing it.
report provides a brief discussion of dental school applicant and enrollment
trends by race/ethnicity. Dental provider shortages in underserved geographic
areas are also explored, along with underrepresented minority (URM) dentists
and U.S. racial/ethnic population parity data. The report also highlights the
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, a program that is positively
impacting the number of students interested in serving underserved communities
and URM dentists entering dental school and graduating.
The impact of the opioid epidemic has been felt in communities in all 50 U.S. states, and curbing the epidemic’s exponential trajectory requires special attention from dental educators. This policy brief highlights strategies that demonstrate academic dentistry’s contributions to combating the opioid
This white paper provides an analysis of Medicaid expansion, or lack thereof, and its effect on the delivery of dental care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This policy brief explains the protective effects of community water fluoridation, which are experienced across all age, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups but benefit vulnerable populations the most.
This white paper reviews the Ryan White dental programs, the populations served by the programs, the federal funding streams for oral health and the opportunities and challenges presented by health care reform.