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ADA introduces new Health Policy Institute

May 19, 2014

By Kelly Soderlund

ADA Health Policy Institute
This month the American Dental Association launched the new Health Policy Institute. 

Formerly the Health Policy Resources Center, the Health Policy Institute aims to be a thought leader and trusted source for critical policy knowledge related to the U.S. dental care system. Staff members, which include researchers, statisticians and economists, generate and disseminate research on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the dental care sector; utilization and access to dental care for key populations; dental practice economics; dental care service delivery and financing; and the economics of dental education, among many other topics relevant to policymakers and health care advocates. 

"The work of the Health Policy Institute—under its previous incarnation as HPRC—has been nothing short of transformational," said ADA President Charles Norman. "Throughout all three levels of organized dentistry, the work of the Institute has been instrumental in guiding strategic discussions about the future of the dental profession and has helped drive alignment across all levels of organized dentistry."  

Much of HPI's research will be incorporated into the ADA's work on the Power of 3—a campaign to align the local, state and national dental societies to provide the best possible member value experience.  

In addition to the work the Health Policy Institute does within the Association, its work has had far reaching impact nationwide, is routinely used in various health policy forums and has been cited in major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. 

"The Institute has recently launched a comprehensive research program to provide policy insight into the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the dental care sector," said Dr. Kathy O'Loughlin, ADA executive director. "Many trend lines show that the U.S. dental care system is in a period of transition. Shifting dental care utilization patterns, changing practice models and the Affordable Care Act are among the many factors that are bringing significant change to the dental care landscape. It is vital that the ADA and the oral health community have the forward-looking, cutting edge data and evidence needed to guide policy decisions affecting the U.S. dental care system."

For more information on the Health Policy Institute visit ADA.org/hpi.