Review of Dental Care Management Workforce Models in the United States and Recommendations for the State of North Carolina

Dental care management workforce models currently employed across the United States include general dental navigator models, the ADA-formalized Community Dental Health Coordinator model, and community oral health worker models. These models seek to increase access to oral health care services through care coordination, especially for vulnerable populations who may face multiple barriers to care. Workers employed are often culturally competent individuals from the communities served, who often focus on connecting people with a dental home and the many things they need to obtain oral health care and good oral health.