Dental Health Professional Shortage Area

Terms: dental health professional shortage area – dhpsa

The federal Dental HPSA designation (formerly Health Manpower Shortage Areas) identifies areas as having a shortage of dental providers on the basis of availability of dentists and dental auxiliaries. To qualify for designation as a Dental HPSA, an area must be:

1. A rational service area, [the Federal Shortage Designation Branch recognizes Medical Services Study Areas as rational service areas.]

2. Population to general practice dentist ratio:

5,000:1 or

4,000:1 plus population features demonstrating "unusually high need",

3. A lack of access to dental care in surrounding areas because of distance, over utilization, or access barriers.

Source and for further information: California Health Workforce Catalog

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