Mentor Advice ForumCategory: QuestionsHow do I reach out to underserved populations as an independent provider?
April asked 5 years ago

I work in Oregon with an EPP (expanded practice permit). I would like to further my career by reaching out to underserved populations as an independent provider. Do you have any advice on start-up? Or possible resources I could research further? I currently work in a private practice and I am well aware of the liabilities involved with going out on my own. Any advice or additional assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so kindly for your time and consideration.

2 Answers
Doreen K. Naughton, RDH, BSDH Staff answered 5 years ago

Congratulations on your interest in starting a dental hygiene practice. There are many benefits and challenges in owning a dental hygiene practice. Organizing and planning your practice is an important step to developing your business plan to assure future success. You are very fortunate to live in the state of Oregon where dental hygienists have a broad spectrum of opportunities for dental hygienists who hold an EPP. Your best option for practice development in Oregon is to contact the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association. They offer a variety of course that will help you own and operate a practice. They may be able to put you in contact with a dental hygienist who would be willing to have you shadow him or her for a day or more. Check out the ADHA website for information on third party reimbursement and other topics of interest. The State of Oregon also has a business guide: How to Start a Business in Oregon. It can be located online HERE. There are also numerous books on starting up a business.

Ann Battrell, MSDH Staff answered 5 years ago

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is a great resource for connecting with other EPPs. This upcoming conference would also be helpful. Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Conference Start: May 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM End: May 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM Holiday Inn Eugene-Springfield 919 Kruse Way Springfield, OR 97477 Mark your calendar now for the 2016 Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Conference! This conference is specially designed for both dental hygienists who currently hold an Expanded Practice Permit (EPP), as well as for dental hygienists who want to explore opportunities for their own expanded practice! Dental hygienists who provide patient care without dentist supervision either in a public health setting or in their own independentpractice will benefit from attending this conference. Schedule: This two-day conference includes 12 hours of continuing education, a corporate partner trade show, professional development luncheons, a networking reception and a lot of fun! Accomodations: ODHA has a limited number of rooms reserved at the special rate of $149+tax. To book your room please contact the hotel directly at 541.284.0707 and be sure to ask for the ODHA Expanded Practice Conference rate!