Minnesota Passes Legislation Allowing Mid-level Oral Health Provider
The new providers will focus their practice on care for underserved populations in the state and will administer educational, preventive, palliative, therapeutic, and restorative services. The bill is supported by the Minnesota Safety Net Coalition, which has taken the lead in advocating for a new provider. Proponents of the OHP, including the Minnesota Dental Hygienists' Association, have also lent support to the effort. The Minnesota Dental Association is not opposed to the legislation.
The Dental Therapist/Advanced Dental Therapist provider language was the culmination of nearly two years of work spearheaded by Minnesota State Senator
American Dental Hygienists' Association President
As previously mentioned, the legislation paves the way for the first students in the country who are educated under the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner model to become licensed and enter the workforce.
Interim Dean of Health Sciences of
ADHA developed the AHDP provider model beginning in 2004 and finalized ADHP Competencies in 2008. Providers educated under the ADHP model build on their dental hygiene skill set by learning additional clinical skills and will also become competent in skills necessary to navigate the complex health care system, advocate for patients, and effectively manage a clinic or practice. The providers will focus on providing care to underserved patient populations.
President Bomkamp commended the efforts in the state, remarking, "The passage of the legislation in
For additional information about the effort in
- History of the midlevel effort
- Full text of Senate File 2083
- Metro State/Normandale ADT Program
- ADHP Competencies
- University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry Dental Therapy Program
- Minnesota Public Radio Story
- Minnesota Dental Hygienists' Association
ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 150,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit ADHA at http://www.adha.org.
SOURCE American Dental Hygienists' Association