State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges. Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and we work with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues such as dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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A recent report by the Gerontological Society of America provides a plan to address the unmet need for oral health care services for older adults with limited access to care. Read More
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) in Coos Bay, Oregon, hired the state’s first dental health aide therapist (dental therapist). Naomi Petrie, a graduate of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s dental education program, had been training for two years in common preventive and routine restorative dental care. Read More
Children and adults had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care in Alaska Native communities served frequently by dental health aide therapists than residents in communities not receiving these services, according to a new study released by the University of Washington. Read More
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