The Evolving Pipeline of Hispanic Dentists in the US

Practice and Policy Implications

The Hispanic/Latino (H/L) dentist population is disproportionately small compared to the rapidly growing and historically underserved H/L population in the US, and current enrollment will not meet the demand. Half of the H/L dentists in the U.S. are foreign-born, and about 1 in 5 were trained outside the US Changing licensure laws have limited the pathways for non US-trained providers. Using a nationally representative sample survey of H/L dentists and a policy review, this study will elucidate trends and challenges in H/L dentists’ pathways to practice, examine the changing patterns of care delivery, and identify access and care delivery goals for the H/L population.

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