Terms: dental health professional shortage area – dhpsa
The federal Dentaldesignation (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 , 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:
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 http://gis.ca.gov/catalog/BrowseRecord.epl?id=23749