Tuesday, April 4, 2023

The Great Plains Region's Dental Care Shortage

According to December 31, 2022, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), over 69.7 million Americans lived in areas or settings designated as dental health professional shortage areas (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 6.6% of the U.S. population who lived in dental care shortage areas.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the Great Plains states would need 763 more dentists in order to eliminate the dental care shortage in the region.  This shortfall represented about 6.4% 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 154 451,729 76
KS 177 590,678 82
MN 208 1,126,338 165
MO 344 2,077,052 387
NE 80 1,562 0
ND 71 134,663 12
SD 87 246,126 41
Region 1,121 4,628,148 763
U.S. 7,313 69,766,605 11,909

(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, 12/31/22 (HRSA)

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