Just Launched: Survey for Indigenous Veterans
AIDPH and the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB) are requesting participation by U.S. Indigenous veterans in a brief survey to assess oral health characteristics among this group. Through our trusted partnership and community-engaged approach, information obtained from this survey will be used to develop strategies to improve access to oral health care for Indigenous U.S. veterans. Results from this survey will be applied for direct benefit within the Indigenous community.
The American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) is a 501c3 nonprofit centering health equity as a cornerstone of oral health education and training. We offer educational training for oral health professionals, support student growth and career development in dental public health, and serve as conveners of stature to facilitate systems change in the oral health community.
The American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) surveyed oral health professionals to capture responses in three areas of interest: 1) How do oral health professionals acknowledge clinical, environmental, and social differences that affect dental care delivery for LGBTQIA+ people, 2) Do oral health professionals believe that sufficient educational and professional resources are available to support LGBTQIA+ oral health and wellbeing, and 3) How are dental education environments preparing current and future members.of the oral health workforce to support LGBTQIA+ patients? Read the Executive Summary.
AIDPH and NNOHA solicited information from veteran-centric oral health programs that provided clinical dental care to veterans. An expert panel reviewed, scored, and categorized each program submission as an emerging, promising, or best practice model within three categories: patient recruitment, clinical care delivery, and community engagement. The final 14 submissions are included in this compendium to be reviewed, replicated, and implemented for veteran oral health care.
As the largest integrated health system in the United States, the VHA is best positioned to give veterans the comprehensive dental care they need while benefiting the most from medical savings associated with prevention. In this research brief, learn how expanding dental care through the VHA will save money and pain.
There is a 17-year research- practice gap between the time a research question is asked and a clinical practice stemming from that research question is finally adopted. This gap translating research into practice is not only observed in healthcare, but in other research domains such as education, communication, and agriculture. Few studies have focused on the implementation gap within oral health domain. This report depicts barriers within the dental peer-reviewed publication process that slow the translation of research to clinical implementation.
Accessing routine dental care is challenging for many veterans — only 15% are eligible for dental care through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It’s even harder for veterans living in rural communities, according to a report from the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) and CareQuest Institute.
2022 Impact Report: A look at how AIDPH made a difference in advancing dental public health through science and education
“When I reflect on what we’ve accomplished in 2022, one word resonates above all: gratitude,” said Executive Director Dr. Annaliese Cothron. “Gratitude to our leadership, funders, collaborators, and team. We’ve experienced the biggest growth we’ve ever had this past year, extending our impact beyond what we thought possible.”
In 2022, AIDPH elevated oral health equity in three areas of focus: LGBTQIA+ people, rural health, and veterans. The organization announced a planned focus expansion for people with disabilities.