An Examination of Minority Populations and the Dental Service Organization Model in the United States
This paper by Elena Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association examines the current status of minority community health and the important relationship between Medicaid, minority communities and dental service organizations.
Health disparities between ethnic minorities and non-minority communities in the United States are well-recognized by advocates, policymakers and government entities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released in the past an annual Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, and many others have studied the far reaching effects of these challenges as well.
Efforts to address the challenges with effective solutions continue, and greatly impact the day-today medical and dental care access available to low-income and minority communities. This paper will examine the current status of minority community health and the important relationship between Medicaid, minority communities and the dental service organization (DSO) model, to better understand how to empower providers seeking to expand coverage to low-income populations.