MATT RYERSON, Journal Star file photo Dental hygienist student Megan Meier (right) cleans a patient’s teeth with over a dozen other students during Children’s Dental Day in 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.
$4 million contract to address state’s dentist shortage
Lincoln Journal Star
Feb 21, 2017 Updated 18 hrs ago
The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry has been awarded a $4 million, 10-year contract from the Nebraska Oral Health Training and Services fund to address a shortage of dentists in the state.The Dental College will work with existing and new partners to:
- Address oral health disparities created by the shortage of dentists in rural areas.
- Increase access and dental services to underserved, uninsured and at-risk populations in the state including those on Medicaid or Medicare.
- Expand the use of telehealth to deliver dental services.
The funding focuses on three key areas: scholarships for rural graduates, an increase in patient services and access and telehealth, said Dr. Janet Guthmiller, dean of the College of Dentistry and principal investigator of the contract.
Through the contract, UNMC graduating dentists who commit to practice for at least five years in areas with a shortage of dentists will be eligible for shortage-area scholarships to lower or even eliminate the cost of dental college.
The funding also will increase the number of patients treated by the UNMC College of Dentistry with new or expanded services at its clinics in Lincoln, Durham Outpatient Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center as well as through partnerships with the Charles Drew Health Center (Douglas County), One-World Community Health Center (Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties), Good Neighbor Community Health Center (Platte County), People’s Health Center (Lancaster County), Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (Scotts Bluff and Dawes counties), and Omaha Public Schools (Douglas and Sarpy counties).
The work will include telehealth training and patient consultation, educational programming and use of new technologies offered at UNMC’s Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning.
Totally Random…but I really found this article to be fascinating! I applaud Nebraska’s commitment to assure their residents receive the Dental resources they deserve!
– Dr. Ryan Ersland
Ersland Family Dental