Research on Capitol Hill

Presenter and Co-Presenter(s)

Jacob Caldwell, Utah State UniversityFollow


Jon M. Huntsman School of Business


Economics and Finance Department

Faculty Mentor

William F. Shugart II


Oral health is an important indicator of overall individual health and general well-being. Unfortunately, there is a lack of dental care availability and access in many parts of the United States. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, as of December 31, 2018 there were nearly 6,000 Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the US. Around 58 million people live in these shortage areas and it is estimated that over 10,000 practitioners are necessary to meet the needs of these populations.

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