Report on the 2008 Dentist Survey on the Issuance of Volunteer Licenses in New York State
Amidst the current concerns regarding dental care among rural areas and under-served populations, the New York State Dental Foundation sought to collect data regarding the response New York State dentists would have to the issuance of volunteer licenses. The survey was conducted in March 2008 by sending out 2,900 print surveys to a sampling of dentists who were forty-nine years of age or older. The survey was responded to by 761 dentists, therefore nearly one-third of the recipients responded to the questionnaire.
Overall the survey found that 96% of respondents were in favor of the Board of Dentistry being able to issue volunteer licenses to retired dentists so that they would be able to treat under-served populations.
The New York State Dental Foundation has prepared this report to share with you the findings of the survey. The report is also intended to demonstrate the willingness of New York’s dentist to reach out and be a part of a solution to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality oral health care.
On April 6th, 2006 the Elder Oral Health Care Summit was held at the Crown Plaza in Albany, New York. The funding for this event was provided by a grant from the American Dental Association Foundation with generous support from GlaxoSmithKline. The event was sponsored by the New York State Dental Foundation, Empire Project for Oral Health and New York State Association of Area Aging Agencies.
The Summit was designed to create community capacity for action. Specifically, the purpose was to bring together stakeholders to begin the process by which we can articulate and categorize barriers to the development not of elder oral health services in New York State and develop specific recommendations to overcome some of those barriers. With the help of all those individuals and organizations that participated in the summit brought forth their collective experience and the desire to improve the health and lives of elders.
The final report from the Summit, which was prepared based on the recommendation of the three workforce group. Please remember that not everyone will agree with every recommendation reflected in this document. However, it is hoped that the Summit, and its subsequent report, was the crucial first step toward opening the discussion, and, working collaboratively, affecting solutions which will go a long way toward improving the oral health of elders.
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