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The NNOHA Job Bank is an excellent resource to recruit dental providers and team members. Job postings are publicized on the NNOHA website and in the bi-weekly NNOHA Newsletters.

NNOHA Community Health Center Workforce Survey: Analysis of 2021 Results

This publication summarizes the findings of the NNOHA 2021 Workforce Survey. The purpose of the survey was to provide information and analysis on dental team member salaries, satisfaction, and recruitment and retention strategies in health centers throughout the country.

NNOHA Community Health Center Workforce Survey: Analysis of 2018 Results

National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) developed and administered a survey in July 2018 of Health Center oral health providers and executive leadership. The purpose of this survey was to provide information and analysis on oral health provider salaries, oral health provider satisfaction, and recruitment and retention strategies at Health Centers throughout the country.  A similar survey was released in 2009 and 2013. The results of the survey are in this document. The intent of this document is to be used by Health Centers to improve their ability to recruit and retain oral health providers and inform Health Centers of the current workforce trends.

NNOHA Community Health Center Workforce Survey: Analysis of 2013 Results

As part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Network for Oral Health Access worked with Baylor College of Dentistry in 2013 to develop and administer a survey of Health Center oral health providers and executive directors. The purpose of the survey was to provide information and analysis on oral health provider salaries, oral health provider satisfaction, and recruitment and retention strategies at Health Centers throughout the country. This paper summarizes and interprets the results of the national survey, updating and expanding upon information provided in the earlier 2009 survey and paper conducted by NNOHA.


Health Centers nationwide face challenges in recruiting and retaining health providers, including dentists and dental hygienists. For this reason, Health Centers are eager to find ways to improve oral health providers’ job satisfaction, such as attracting candidates who are likely to remain at Health Centers, offering competitive salaries and benefits, and providing satisfying work environments. We hope that this paper will be of use to Health Centers that are seeking to improve their ability to recruit and retain oral health providers.

Salaries and Job Satisfaction of Health Center Dental Providers: 2013 Trends

In 2013, NNOHA conducted the Health Center Oral Health Provider Recruitment, Retention, and Job Satisfaction Survey. Based on the results, this session illustrates the statistical analysis of job satisfaction indicators and self-reported salaries among Health Center dentists and dental hygienists. Responses are compared and contrasted with data supplied by executive directors of Health Centers. The survey reveals helpful hints and tips for Health Centers’ efforts in recruiting and retaining oral health providers. (Note: This content was presented at the 2013 National Primary Oral Health Conference. Due to popular demand, NNOHA presented this information again in webinar format on 5/5/2013.)

The NNOHA Survey of Health Center Dental Salaries: 2009 Trends and Analysis

This webinar discusses the results of NNOHA’s salary survey in 2009 to provide information and analysis on dental salaries, provider satisfaction, and recruitment and retention strategies at Health Centers throughout the country.

Contracting Resources

Contracting is one of the service delivery methods that may be used  to provide and/or increase access to dental care for health center  service area populations.


The  checklist is to assist health centers in determining if contracting is  an appropriate strategy for providing dental services and for planning  the implementation of contracting for dental services.


The implementation strategies document  includes information NNOHA obtained through interviews conducted with  health centers that are sustainably contracting for dental services. We  have gathered promising practices from these organizations to assist  health centers, both with and without on-site dental clinics, to  implement contracting for dental services to increase access to dental  care.

Creative Staffing with Professional Volunteers

The Los Angeles Christian Health Center’s dental clinic was started by volunteer dentists. This promising practice outlines the strategies that were implemented to perpetuate and expand volunteers’ capabilities in the face of cutbacks to the budget for staff dentists.

Dental Recruitment Tips for Human Resources and Dental Directors

This short document compiles recruitment and retention tips for programs attempting to build a strong, high-quality, dental workforce.

Health Center Dental Employment Frequently Asked Questions

This resource outlines FAQs related to dental careers at Health Centers.

Hints for Conducting Employee Interviews - NorthLakes Community Clinic

Dr. Eric Elmquist of NorthLakes Community Clinic (WI) developed this resource to assist community health centers with employee interviews. The publication includes some helpful hints for conducting interviews.

How Can a Dental Hygienist Improve Access and Productivity in Your Community Health Center?

This resource, created in partnership with the American Dental Hygiene Association, outlines the various functions and roles that dental hygienists can play in Community Health Centers.

Make Your HC Stand Out- Workforce Recruitment Strategies

This promising practice provides ideas that have been developed to highlight your Health Center and community when recruiting potential dental providers.

Operations Manual for Health Center Oral Health Programs: Chapter 5 - Workforce and Staffing

This chapter provides helpful tools and resources for tackling the  issues related to workforce in Health Center oral health programs. (Version 2 – Updated 8/2020)

Orientation Narrative Template

NNOHA developed an orientation narrative template for dental students who attend a service learning program through a health center as part of their orientation process.

Recruiting and Retaining Oral Health Providers in Rural Communities

This webinar describes strategies for recruiting and retaining oral health providers in rural communities.

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Making a gift to the National Network for Oral Health Access is one of the easiest ways to positively impact our work, enhance our services, and help our community strengthen and increase access to oral health services.  NNOHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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