Workforce Diversity

Workforce Diversity

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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Workforce Diversity

Sharing NIH Training to Support Education in Diverse Communities

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.

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Expand to be More Multidisciplinary

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)

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Early Dental Education

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.

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National Dental Practice-Based Research Network in dental school

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 »
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Workforce Development and Diversity

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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Mid level providers

Pilot programs across the United States that would allow Registered Dental Hygienists to obtain additional education that would allow them to provide basic restorative and extraction services, along with Dental Hygiene services they are already licensed to provide in areas where there is not a dentist available to residents who are low income or simply cannot find a dentist in their area.

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Dentistry beyond teeth

Provide opportunities for Adequate utilization of available workforce. Currently available specializations within dentistry are not used optimally and are reducing in importance.Branches such as Oral pathology, oral surgery and , oral medicine are mostly limited to academic settings in most countries.
Greater numbers of dental specialists in various positions in hospitals, research, and corporate world will promote... more »
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Dental clinic in giant IT Company

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 »
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How to utilyze RDH as prevention force in all age groups

To conduct a program where RDH used in many health and non health related areas to educate all age groups about oral hygiene and related problems. Education/ Prevention/Treatment.We need to integrate oral hygiene into our heath education system and not to confined RDHs to the office.
(Prenatal health,pediatric,teen,adult, school,community health,home health, cancer treatment,disability and special needs ,nursing home... more »
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Collaboration between dentists and doctors

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 »
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Interdisciplinary Research Teams

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 »