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Snyder JE. 2016. Community health workers: Roles and responsibilities in health care delivery system reform. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 23 pp.

Annotation: This report reviews health services research findings on community health workers (CHWs) and considers key challenges for CHWs to improve health care delivery, including oral health care delivery. Topics include major roles for CHWs in the health care system, a national profile of CHWs, evidence on the clinical impact of CHWs, the policy impact potential for CHW interventions, opportunities for reimbursement through Medicaid, and state and health care innovation models.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 415 F, Washington, DC 20201, Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Barriers, Community health aides, Community role, Culturally competent services, Financing, Health care delivery, Health care reform, Home health aides, Low income groups, Medicaid, Minority groups, Oral health, Patient care teams, Policy development, Preventive health services, Program improvement, Reimbursement, Service delivery systems, Standards, Sustainability, Training, Work force

Glassman P, Harrington M, Namakian M. 2014. The virtual dental home: Improving the oral health of vulnerable and underserved populations using geographically distributed telehealth-enabled teams (upd.). San Francisco, CA: University of the Pacific, Pacific Center for Special Care, 8 pp. (Policy brief)

Annotation: This brief describes the virtual dental home, a model program in California that uses telehealth technology to provide oral health care services to underserved populations outside traditional dental offices (e.g., in Head Start programs, elementary schools, residential care settings, nursing homes). Topics include what the virtual dental home is and how it works. Additional contents include findings on the number of patients seen, total visits and the percentage of those needing referral to a dental office by type of site; findings from an associated demonstration project to test expanded practice procedures; satisfaction survey results; an economic analysis; and conclusions.

Contact: Pacific Center for Special Care, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 2155 Webster Street, Suite 409, San Francisco, CA 94115, Telephone: (415) 929-6400 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, California, Children, Dental assistants, Dental hygienists, Model programs, Oral health, Telemedicine, Underserved communities, Work force

Network for Public Health Law. 2014. Dental auxiliary scope of practice laws [Pathways to improved access to dental health services]. St. Paul, MN: Network for Public Health Law, multiple items.

Annotation: These fact sheets for public health professionals, policymakers, and others provide data on oral health in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and describe laws governing the respective services provided by members of the oral health work force. Each state fact sheet, titled Pathways to Improved Access to Dental Health Services, describes indicators of oral and dental health and how the state compares with the nation on these indicators. The fact sheets also describe the scope of practice for allied dental personnel in the state such as what the practice includes, what services cannot be performed, supervision requirements, and the body responsible for oversight.

Contact: Network for Public Health Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105, Telephone: (651) 695-7749 Fax: (651) 695-7749 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Allied health personnel, Dental care, Dental hygienists, Health status, Licensing, Medicaid, Oral health, Policy development, Regulations, Reimbursement, State legislation, Work force

Pew Children's Campaign. 2012. Expanding the dental safety net: A first look at how dental therapists can help. Washington, DC: Pew Center on the States, 21 pp.

Annotation: This paper looks at the impact of deploying dental therapists in federally qualified health center (FQHC) dental clinics or FQHC-operated school programs. State examples (Connecticut and Minnesota), policy implications, and conclusions are provided. The appendix provides information on the methodology and the model used to estimate the cost of services provided to children by dental therapists within FQHC clinics or programs.

Contact: Pew State and Consumer Initiatives, 901 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2008, Telephone: (202) 552-2000 Fax: (202) 552-2299 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Allied health personnel, Community health centers, Costs, Dental care, Medicaid, Model programs, Oral health, State initiatives, Work force

Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Center for Healthier Communities. 2011. Community health advisor model effective in oral health settings. [San Diego, CA]: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Center for Healthier Communities, 1 p. (Community health brief)

Annotation: This brief describes findings from a study to determine the feasibility and efficacy of using trained community health workers (parents) to apply fluoride varnish to children in an elementary school setting. Contents include background on local legislation, development and testing of the written protocol and training module, and findings from clinical assessments.

Contact: Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123, Telephone: (858) 576-1700 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, California, Community health aides, Community participation, Costs, Dental care, Elementary schools, Feasibility studies, Fluorides, Legislation, Local initiatives, Model programs, Oral health, Parents, Preventive health services, Research, School age children, School health services, Statewide planning, Training

Wetterhall S, Bader JD, Burrus BB, Lee JY, Shugars DA. 2010. Evaluation of the dental health aide therapist workforce model in Alaska: Final report. [Battle Creek, MI]: W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 97 pp.

Annotation: This report presents results of an evaluation of the Dental Health Aide Therapist initiative, part of Alaska’s Community Health Aide Program. The evaluation focused on the following five areas: client satisfaction, oral-health related quality of life, and perceived access to care; oral health status; clinical technical performance and performance measures; record-based process measures and evaluation of clinical facilities; and implementation of community-based preventive plans and programs.

Contact: W. K. Kellogg Foundation, One Michigan Avenue, East, Battle Creek, MI 49017-4012, Telephone: (269) 968-1611 Fax: (269) 968-0413 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Work force, Alaska, Allied health personnel, Children, Community health services, Oral health, Parents, Program evaluation, Research methodology, State initiatives

U.S. Government Accountability Office. 2010. Oral health: Efforts underway to improve children's access to dental services, but sustained attention needed to address ongoing concerns. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 76 pp.

Annotation: This report examines aspects of children’s access to oral health services. Topics include (1) the extent to which dentists participate in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and federal efforts to help families find participating dentists; (2) differences among states in the provision of oral health services to children enrolled in Medicaid, CHIP, or managed care; (3) federal efforts to improve access for those living in underserved areas; and (4) how states and other countries have used mid-level professionals to improve access.

Contact: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548, Telephone: (202) 512-3000 Secondary Telephone: E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: GAO-11-96.

Keywords: Access to health care, Allied health personnel, Case studies, Children, Children's Health Insurance Program, Health care financing, Low income groups, Medicaid, Oral health, Provider participation

Pew Children's Dental Campaign. 2010. It takes a team: How new dental providers can benefit patients and practices. Washington, DC: Pew Center on the States, 4 items.

Annotation: This report examines the potential effects of dental therapists and hygienist-therapists on the productivity and profits of private dental practices. Contents include scenarios of how types of health professionals could change client capacity and revenues of private practices. Contents include scenarios of how types of health professionals could change client capacity and revenues of private practices. Implications for policy are also discussed. The economic tool – the Productivity and Profit Calculator – used to create the scenarios is provided separately to help advocates, dentists, and policymakers assess the unique variables from their states or communities to better understand the potential effects of adding allied health professionals to the oral health team.

Contact: Pew State and Consumer Initiatives, 901 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2008, Telephone: (202) 552-2000 Fax: (202) 552-2299 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Dental hygienists, Dentists, Economics, Independent practice associates, Oral health, Organizational change, Productivity, Work force

Minnesota Head Start Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Hygienists' Association, Apple Tree Dental, and Pfeffer M. 2008. Minnesota community collaborative practice Head Start oral health model: A strong start and guide for the future. Duluth, MN: Minnesota Head Start Association, 4 pp.

Annotation: This document describes an evaluation of Minnesota’s effort to increase Office of Head Start program performance standards compliance related to oral health by expanding the role of allied professionals. The evaluation examined the impact of implementation on Head Start grantees, dentists, and collaborative practice dental hygienists. Contents include information on Head Start program performance standards data in Minnesota compared with national data, a timeline of policies and regulations, evaluation methods, key findings, and conclusions and recommendations.

Contact: Minnesota Head Start Association, 904 Valley Drive, Duluth, MN 55804, Telephone: (218) 728-1091 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Dental hygienists, Head Start, Minnesota, Model programs, Oral health, Preventive health services, Program evaluation, State initiatives, Statistical data, Work force, Young children

Dower C, Christian S, O'Neil E. 2007. Promising scopes of practice models for the health professions. San Francisco, CA: University of California, San Francisco, Center for the Health Professions, 25 pp.

Annotation: This brief examines issues in the legal scopes of practice for the health professions within the context of improving access to care in California. The brief highlights the California scopes of practice for a sample of four occupations (nurse practitioners, physical therapists, physician assistants, and paramedics) and compares them to more expansive scopes of practices in other states or institutions. The brief also discusses efforts to improve scope of practice decision-making via review mechanisms, health boards with independent rule-making authority, and national uniformity.

Contact: University of California, San Francisco, Healthforce Center for Research and Leadership Development, 3333 California Street, Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94143, Telephone: (415) 476-8181 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Health professions, Models, Oral health, Reports, Work force

Sultz HA, Young KM. 1999. Health care U.S.A.: Understanding its organization and delivery. (8th ed.). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers, 586 pp.

Annotation: This textbook provides an introduction to the United States health care system and an overview of the professional, political, social, and economic forces that have shaped it and will continue to do so. It is intended to serve as a text for introductory courses on the organization of health care in the United States for students in all fields of health and allied health professional education. Chapter topics are: (1) an overview of health care, (2) benchmark developments in health care, (3) the history of hospitals, (4) the future of hospitals, (5) primary care, (6) medical education, (7) health personnel, (8) financing health care, (9) managed care, (10) long term care, (11) mental health services, (12) public health and the government role, (13) medical research, and (14) the future of health care.

Contact: Aspen Publishers, 76 Ninth Avenue, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10011, Telephone: (800) 234-1660 Secondary Telephone: (212) 771-0600 Fax: (212) 771-0885 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-8342-1167-X.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Benchmarking, Financing, Government role, Health education, Health personnel, Health services, Hospitals, Long term care, Managed care, Medical education, Mental health services, Primary care, Professional education, Public health, Textbooks, United States

National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Committee to Study the Role of Allied Health Personnel. 1989. Allied health services: Avoiding crises. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 344 pp.

Annotation: This publication reports the results of a congressionally mandated study to evaluate future types of allied health workers. The report describes the forces that drive the demand for and supply of allied health practices. These forces include demographic change, health care financing policies, and career choices available to women.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Contact Phone: (800) 624-6242 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Professional education

Mayer SA, Casey CM. 1973. Use of ancillary health personnel in maternal and child health projects. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare,Maternal and Child Health Service, 8 pp. (Commentary on health manpower)

Annotation: This document provides findings from two surveys of programs in Region II of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration (HSMHA) to examine the use of ancillary personnel employed in HSMHA-funded grants, including Maternity and Infant Care and Children and Youth projects in the Maternal and Child Health Service. Topics include number employed, salaries, job titles, position descriptions, educational prerequisites, pre-service and inservice programs, and problems in utilization of paraprofessionals.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Federal MCH programs, Region II, Surveys

Health Facilities Foundation. 1973. A training guide for health personnel: EPSDT/Medicaid. San Francisco, CA: Health Facilities Foundation, 266 pp. (Hiscock Collection; no. 18)

Annotation: This guide for the training of health personnel for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program aims to assist EPSDT administrators, supervisors, and others in the training of allied health personnel; to provide trainees with an explanation of the program and a description of the human and technical skills they will need; and to give an understanding of the new and expanding role of the family health worker in these programs. It covers elements of training, organization, casefinding and outreach, screening tests, case management, and evaluation. Appendices include a glossary, suggested training schedule, and a bibliography.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, EPSDT, Manuals, Training

O'Brien D. 1970. Rare inborn errors of metabolism in children with mental retardation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Maternal and Child Health Service, 125 pp.

Annotation: This publication is intended to offer to pediatricians and allied professions interested in mental retardation clinical information and diagnostic guidelines on a group of individually rare syndromes on which little information is available. The descriptions in this booklet are mostly confined to states with ill defined physical signs in which the diagnosis depends on laboratory confirmation. In each case, the clinical and laboratory findings are briefly stated, together with a summary of current thought on the underlying biochemical disorder, the genetics, and the treatment. The diagnostic and screening tests are outlined with the individual syndromes and are also set out in greater detail in a special section. A brief summary of the use of amniocentesis and tissue culture techniques to detect cytogenetic and biochemical aberrations is also included.

Keywords: Allied health personnel, Amniocentesis, Biochemical genetics, Diagnostic tests, Mental retardation, Metabolic diseases, Pediatricians, Tests


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.