Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The Great Plains Region's Dental Care Shortage

According to December 31, 2021, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), over 64.2 million Americans lived in areas or settings designated as a dental health professional shortage area (HPSA).  A dental health HPSA is a geographic area, population group, or facility where access to dental care is substandard because it lacks a sufficient number of dentists relative to the size of the HPSA population.  HPSAs in the seven-state Great Plains region accounted for about 5.8% of the U.S. population who lived in dental care shortage areas.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the Great Plains states would need 698 more dentists in order to eliminate the dental care shortage in the region.  This shortfall represented about 6.2% of the national dental care shortage.  Here is a summary look at the Great Plains region's dental care shortage:

The Great Plains Region's Dental Care Shortage
The Great Plains Region's Dental Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
IA 132 380,841 64
KS 177 590,331 82
MN 179 794,540 145
MO 319 1,675,973 365
NE 76 1,664 0
ND 65 121,871 11
SD 71 155,151 31
Region 1,019 3,720,371 698
U.S. 6,803 64,236,250 11,181

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a dental care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Dental Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

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