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May 26, 2015

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Rural Research Alert: Dentist Supply, Dental Care Utilization, and Oral Health Among Rural and Urban U.S. Residents

May 22, 2015

Dentist Supply, Dental Care Utilization, and Oral Health Among Rural and Urban U.S. Residents

Do adults in rural locations report lower dental care utilization or higher prevalence of dental disease or both compared with their urban counterparts? This analysis of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) shows that residents of non-metropolitan counties were significantly less likely than residents of metropolitan counties to report having a dental visit or teeth cleaning in the past year and significantly more likely to report undergoing tooth extraction. These findings persisted even when controlling for demographic factors, income, insurance and health and smoking status. Policies aimed at increasing the supply of generalist dentists who will choose to work in rural areas may reduce these substantial rural/urban disparities in access to oral health care and dental outcomes.

Contact Information:

Eric Larson, PhD
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 206.616.9601

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 22, 2015


1. A new report from the President’s Council of Economic Advisors examines poverty in Rural Areas and the safety net programs that “lifted about 9 million rural people out of poverty in 2013, including about 1.6.million children.”  Part of the White House Rural Council’s effort to address child poverty, the report documents the impact of federal programs like Social Security and SNAP and shows that poverty in rural areas fell by nearly half between 1967 and 2012.   Related to this effort, don’t miss The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas, a chartbook released by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau last month.

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Missouri Mission of Mercy

May 22, 2015


MOMOM IV will be July 31 – Aug. 1, 2015 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse in Columbia, MO. Join us and volunteer for this amazing event.

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Tools Available for New Network Planning Grants

May 22, 2015

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CMS MLN Connects™ Weekly Provider eNews

May 22, 2015

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Rural Obesity Prevention Webinars

May 20, 2015

Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities: Stories from the Field

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and ChangeLab Solutions present a two-part webinar series featuring leaders from five rural communities or regions.

May 21, 11 AM – Noon PT / 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Invited Speakers:

  • Sarah Tennyson, Mountainwise (Western North Carolina) – Improving access to healthy foods in rural stores
  • Ray Sharp, Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department (Michigan) – Making rural streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Kathleen Hein, Crawford County (Wisconsin) – Creating a culture of wellness in rural schools

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