Seminar - 60 Minutes
HRSA State Oral Health Workforce grantees conduct evaluations to meet performance reporting requirements while some have used it as an opportunity to leverage evidence-based policy and practice advocacy. Panelists will present their experiences with conducting evaluations for higher-level impact. Panelists will discuss strategic evaluative processes used to demonstrate health outcome improvements, support program sustainability, and foster development of evidence-based public policy. Panelists will discuss processes used in evaluating innovative oral health workforce initiatives to improve access and care delivery while addressing specific needs of highly vulnerable groups such as patients with substance use disorders and rural residents. They will convey how long-term strategic planning was informed, sustainability achieved, and evidence-based public policy supported.