Seminar - 90 Minutes
With laws passed in four states and significant tribal adoption, oral health stakeholders are going beyond authorization debates to deal with the next wave of activity concerning dental therapy: implementation. This entails helping training programs become CODA accredited, designing evaluations required by authorizing legislation, and working with employers – large and small – to hire these providers. This seminar offers insight into how states and tribes working through the nuts and bolts of building and deploying this growing provider type. Speakers from Alaska will discuss the experience of going through CODA accreditation, the lead author of the first outcomes study on U.S. dental therapists will discuss the most important questions that state or tribal-level evaluations should address, and an official Willamette Dental Group -- from the largest multi-specialty dental group in the Pacific Northwest -- will describe why, and how, Willamette Dental intends to use dental therapists in Oregon.