Apple Tree has partnered with researchers and numerous coalitions over the years to support data-driven advocacy.  Since inception, Apple Tree has maintained a robust database of patient information as a resource for researchers interested in studying the impact of oral health care delivery on a target population.  In addition to collecting the typical demographic and dental treatment data, Apple Tree utilizes dental and medical diagnostic codes (currently ICD-10 codes).  This unique database provides valuable information about the patients and outcomes of care. 

Apple Tree Dental takes pride in collaborating with major research organizations on exciting projects.  Recently, we have been working with the Mayo Clinic’s Rochester Epidemiology Project, the Center for Health Workforce Studies, Pew Charitable Trusts, West Health Institute, and more.  Click the titles below to see some of the research we have been involved in (featured items will be updated periodically).

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Published by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) in May 2022, this publication highlights the positive survey results from providers and patients regarding dental therapists on staff at Apple Tree Dental.

Released by the Primary Care Collaborative in March 2021, this publication “presents innovative ways to integrate oral health and primary care, which will give more people access to dental care and further health equity in the U.S. healthcare system.”

Published by the Gerontological Society of America in April 2021, this article dives into changes that have occurred in the oral health care of older adults due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A project with the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) with the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York.  Read more about how Apple Tree’s own Heather Luebben was involved in this research here.

Research conducted with West Health Institute and published in scientific, peer-reviewed journal PLOS One.  Read more about the authors in our news article from June 2020.

Showcasing “Provider and Patient Satisfaction With the Dental Therapy Workforce at Apple Tree Dental” (link in left column).