The goal of the Washington Oral Health Workforce (WOHW) Tracking Program is:

to provide relevant information about Washington’s oral health workforce that can be used to guide practice and policy to help ensure the state’s population has access to needed oral health care.

Key questions to be addressed include: 

  • What occupations comprise Washington’s oral health workforce, how are they distributed across the state, and how has that changed over time? 
  • How does Washington’s oral health workforce supply compare with other states? 
  • What are education/training pathways into Washington’s oral health workforce and to what extent are they contributing to supply? 
  • How is oral health workforce demand changing across the state and in what ways, and how does workforce adequacy affect the population’s access to oral health care?