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Summit on Dental Collaborative Practice

mechanical teethDental care is sometimes the forgotten back room of American health care. Here's a summit on Minnesota's 21st Century Dental Team titled, "Creating a Culture of Collaborative, Competent Care and Health Equity for all Communities."

The day-long summit is scheduled for 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Thursday, August 3, at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. Speakers include Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger and Jill Krueger of the Network for Public Health Law.

The summit builds on state efforts to analyze dental access problems including equity issues and to find possible solutions. Since the late 1990s, remedies have included law changes that authorized dental hygienists to provide services in health care facilities without a prior dentist's examination of the patient, if clinical experience requirements are met and there is a written collaborative agreement with a licensed dentist who accepts responsibility for the services of the dental hygienist. Read more about the history of these regulations here.

Organizers say the summit will:

  • Explore an inter-connected medical/dental team
  • Contrast practice in community settings to traditional private practice
  • Consider practice through a health equity lens.

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