Health Affairs Releases Issue Dedicated to Examining Oral Health

Health Affairs Releases Issue Dedicated to Examining Oral Health

December 5, 2016

BOSTON - The DentaQuest Foundation today announced its partnership with Health Affairs on the release of its December 2016 issue, the publication’s first ever issue dedicated to oral health. Health Affairs is the leading peer-reviewed journal of health policy thought and research.

Released today, the collection of papers examines oral health across a wide spectrum of topics, including cost-effectiveness, workforce, publicly-funded coverage, and more.

DentaQuest Foundation partners are invited to access a selection of articles from the issue by clicking the links below.


Medicaid Meets Its Equal Access Requirement For Dental Care, But Oral Health Disparities Remain

Jaffer A. Shariff and Burton L. Edelstein
Health Aff December 2016 35:2259-2267; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0583

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Dental Care Presents The Highest Level Of Financial Barriers, Compared To Other Types Of Health Care Services
Marko Vujicic, Thomas Buchmueller, and Rachel Klein
Health Aff December 2016 35:2176-2182; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0800

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Dental Care And Medicare Beneficiaries: Access Gaps, Cost Burdens, And Policy Options
Amber Willink, Cathy Schoen, and Karen Davis
Health Aff December 2016 35:2241-2248; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0829

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Previous Medicaid Expansion May Have Had Lasting Positive Effects On Oral Health Of Non-Hispanic Black Children
Brandy J. Lipton, Laura R. Wherry, Sarah Miller, Genevieve M. Kenney, and Sandra Decker
Health Aff December 2016 35:2249-2258; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0865

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The Dental–Medical Divide
Elizabeth A. Mertz
Health Aff December 2016 35:2168-2175; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0886

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Underrepresented Minority Dentists: Quantifying Their Numbers And Characterizing The Communities They Serve
Elizabeth A. Mertz, Cynthia D. Wides, Aubri M. Kottek, Jean Marie Calvo, and Paul E. Gates
Health Aff December 2016 35:2190-2199; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1122

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The issue is also supported by the California Wellness Foundation, the American Dental Education Association, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, the Washington Dental Service Foundation, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the St. David’s Foundation.

Richard J. Manski of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry served as theme adviser. 


The DentaQuest Foundation is the leading U.S. philanthropy focused solely on oral health. The Foundation is supporting the development of the Oral Health 2020 network, a group of partners committed to working collectively at the national, state and community levels to eradicate dental disease in children and improve lifelong oral health. The DentaQuest Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DentaQuest. To learn more, visit Follow the DentaQuest Foundation on Twitter, @OralHealth2020, and visit our Facebook page.

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