The present system of delivery, delivers the same care in essentially the same way and reaches only about 35% of the population. Why should those in a “diverse” population want to join the healthcare workforce? If we can find alternative ways to make care available to those "diverse" populations (i.e., via telehealth) then those who are part of the “diverse” population will want to join the movement as providers.
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Patient outcomes in varying delivery systems (this can include cost effectiveness, workforce models, telehealth, access to care, direct access, etc). Outcomes data needs to be collected to determine if diverse workforce models are leading to improved access to care and are cost effective - for example mid-level providers, collaborative practice, etc.
There is a need establish PBRN sites in dental schools. If dental students participate in the PBRN’s research projects while in school, then doing research in their private clinics will be a natural endeavor for them. NIH values PBRNs in their Institutes because clinical findings are directly applicable to the clinical setting and findings can be quickly moved into clinical care. NIDCR will strengthen its position at ...more »
NIH has many training programs and policies that are based on NIH values. Consider making some of these available to a wider community, and design training to get those values out into the public. For example, NIH may be able to share policies and training used to guide staff in making decisions. Some potential areas could be technology transfer, cyber security, administration, and laboratory safety.
Integrating dental health care into school curriculums starting in Kindergarten. Currently, dental care and education at best occurs twice a year at the dentist office – approximately 1-2 hours a year. However, if there are opportunities for children to reinforce and expand their knowledge base on good dental care, this may help make good dental habits that will last forever.
AADR applauds the inclusion of workforce diversity in NIDCR 2030. AADR recommends using data-driven and targeted methods to increase participation by underrepresented groups. NIDCR should also work to stabilize representation throughout the research career. In addition to increasing the diversity of the pool of potential researchers, NIDCR should also look to increase retention of researchers from diverse backgrounds ...more »
Because research is becoming more and more multidisciplinary, the Institute should also expand its effort to participate/create in consortia focused on tackling specific oral/tooth/craniofacial conditions. (For instance, they already participate in the “Brittle Bone Disease Consortium” when it comes to study the impact of OI on teeth and Dentinogenesis imperfect)
Many of the best resources for training a diverse workforce are outside of dental research. NIDCR can identify ways to leverage best practices and existing programs through strategic partnerships that may include foundations, minority serving institutions and other NIH and government agencies. Initial steps could include a workshop with key stakeholders and ultimately grants to create partnerships with these organizations ...more »
Today's technology is constantly evolving. Imaging equipment such as CBCT, digital dental impressions, prosthetic driven implant placement, crowns mill at the dental office just to mention a few will force dental school to modify the curriculum and teaching methods.
Digital technologies significantly change the model dentistry and will continue change dental treatment and research in the field of artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing, etc. The small dental clinic can be opened within the office buildings in some giant IT companies, such as Amazon, Google or Apple. While solving dental problems for employees, dentists can also work with IT engineers to apply the latest ...more »
Some systemic disorders have oral manifestations while certain oral diseases may influence the overall health. For example, patients with inflammatory bowel disease can also have canker sores. Both of the two diseases are considered as T lymphocyte disorders. From this perspective, special funding mechanisms are expected to promote the corroboration between dentists and doctors especially in the departments of Gastroenterology, ...more »
This NIDCR new idea event is a good beginning. A routinely-operated platform for dental professionals will make big difference for future dentistry and future NIDCR.
NIH has the K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research for mid-career faculty to mentor the careers of junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars, but NIDCR does not fund that mechanism. Successful mentoring does not just happen by itself, but requires planning, significant time, and at least some investment in the mentors as well as mentees . A K24 awardee cohort could be used to develop a cadre of ...more »
Aside from interprofessional education and oral health exposure early in training, we need to study what strategies are effective in changing practice of primary care physicians and their dental counterparts to better communicate, collaborate, and work together to prevent oral disease.
The inclusion of licensed dental therapists, as fully recognized and valued caregivers focused upon the non-surgical, full spectrum, minimally invasive management of active, non-cavitated lesions is essential for positively modifying the dental health specific, behavioral compromises seen in many of the under-served, at risk populations worldwide. The potential impact of this additive support may be appreciated as essential ...more »