Implications of COVID-19 on Safety-Net Oral Health Services

This report examines COVID-19 pandemic impacts on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other safety-net dental providers. Researchers describe the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability of safety-net providers to deliver care to underserved communities as well as potential future implications related to oral health workforce shortages and provision of care for patients. The report also examines pandemic impacts on safety-net providers that offer oral health services through mobile and portable programs.

Citation: Langelier M, Surdu S, Fernando T, Gundavarapu SS, Romero A. Implications of the COVID-19 on Safety-net Oral Health Services. Rensselaer, NY: Oral Health Workforce Research Center, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; April 2023.

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