New Hampshire Survey of Dentists and Dental Hygienists

Dates: 2010

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): Bi-State Primary Care

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Systems Transformation, Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Community Health Coalitions, Population Health, Primary Care, Rural Health, State and Local Public Health

Assessing the status of the dental workforce in New Hampshire is a key component of evaluating dental access and planing for future changes in the state. Through a collaboration between the Bi-State Primary Care Association, the NH Dental Society, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services, JSI was contracted to conduct surveys of the Dentists and Dental Hygienists licensed in New Hampshire, and to develop reports and presentations based on the findings. The surveys examined factors that influence current capacity and accessibility of the dental workforce and the factors impacting the future supply of dental providers in the state. The project will also involve crosswalk analysis of the current state provider licensing lists in comparison to the lists from several years earlier, to identify trends in dental providers entering and leaving the state. The results identified notable differences between the status and trends impacting the state's dentists as compared to the dental hygienists, and predicted potential issues in the future resulting from an aging dental workforce and the scope of practice and professional opportunities for hygienists