The dental, oral, and craniofacial research workforce will cross disciplines, draw from multiple professions, and reflect the diversity of the nation with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and socio-economic status.
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The caries crisis is a result of high-risk children not being able to establish a dental home. If dental care begins by age 3-5, 40-50% will have cavities. Medical providers' (pcmp), comfort level begins at birth. Since caries is preventable, the role of pcmp in prevention is essential. Community members need to be informed that caries is preventable and they must insist that pcmp be more involved.in caries prevention... more »
For 20 years, NIA has funded the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). The main function of each RCMAR is its Investigator Development Core (IDC). Annually, IDCs solicit pilot project proposals (1 yr, $25-$30K) from local junior, minority investigators. Pilot projects are intended to provide preliminary results for subsequent NIH proposals. IDCs provide mentoring to awarded scholars, at least up through... more »
Study the impact on oral and overall health of alternative oral health providers such as dental therapist, expanded duty auxiliaries, nurses, physicians and pharmacist. Assessment of this workforce using the goals of the Triple Aim.
My suggestion is to make a concerted and focused effort to train dentists in master level research methods to engage them clinical and translation research. This could both increase the number of DDS investigators and the diversity of the DDS research workforce. An MS/MPH takes less time than a PhD, provides the base knowledge needed to conduct clinical research, and would increase the pipeline of DDS researchers.
We recognize that scientific endeavors increasingly involve multiple disciplines and people with a different skills and expertise. The academic world lags behind in continuing to promote investigator “independence” for promotion and advancement. NIDCR could help promote team science and collaboration by providing more recognition for the key contributions of all the critical team members in addition to PIs and co-PIS,... more »
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 »
In order to integrate oral health into systemic health the communities of Dentistry, Nursing and Medicine need to work together/learn together/ develop mutual respect.
Programs in high school have to be developed to explain the dental profession and make it attractive for students to think about the dental field. The program has to reach diverse schools and reach the various populations.
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 »
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.
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 »
In our ever changing society, it is important to have a well represented workforce of dental healthcare providers. Do the dental schools do a good enough job in promoting diversity in their students and their professors, and if not, what are the barriers to this diversity and how can we change this over the next 16 years.
Strengthen the nation’s investment in the oral health research infrastructure and increase the number and scope of oral health research collaborations across the health sciences at all research institutions, including federal agencies, academic institutions, industry and private non-profit organizations.
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 »
The use of biological principles to guide the engineering of new dental materials has unprecedented potential for advancing dentistry. Progress in this area has been stymied by a lack of materials engineers, biological and clinical scientists conversant across the relevant disciplines. An effective organizational and educational infrastructure will be required to meld scientists from these disciplines into functional... more »