Health Policy

Study of Iowa's Dentist Workforce Reveals Aging Population

Iowa Dentist Workforce Infographic

A recent study completed by researchers with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center revealed some trends in Iowa's dentist workforce.

The series of four policy briefs analyze state workforce information collected by the Iowa Dentist Tracking System (IDTS) over a 17-year period, and signify that a large number of Iowa dentists are nearing retirement age, fewer dentists in rural areas, and a declining proportion of dentists in solo practice settings.

The research is the first longitudinal look at Iowa’s dental workforce and aims to inform dental educators, workforce development agencies and health departments across the state about trends with the goal of collaborating to prevent gaps in access.  

 

To read more about the study and to view the policy briefs, click here.

To view the full story in Iowa Now, click here.

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