AAPHD Publishes Proposed Curriculum Guidelines for Training Dental Therapists

The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) announced in June the publication of a series of papers that highlight proposed curriculum guidelines for the training of a new workforce model, dental therapists. AAPHD believes that adding dental therapists as members of the dental team may help meet growing U.S. oral health needs, particularly among underserved populations. The papers are the work of an 11-person academic panel that was selected for expertise, experience and in-depth knowledge of dental education. The panel's work was funded in part by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

The entire collection of papers is available online at: 
Journal of Public Health Dentistry - Special Issue Workforce Development in Dentistry: Addressing Access to Care

Press Release on Model Dental Therapist Training Curriculum

DHAT Curriculum Guidelines: 
Questions & Answers Regarding the Panel's Work

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