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HRSA-23-091 Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program NOFO-related Program Definitions

Disadvantaged Background

For latest poverty guidelines to determine economically disadvantaged background refer to ‘‘Low Income Levels Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Authorized in Titles III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act.

Equity: “[T]he consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.” Addressing issues of equity should include an understanding of intersectionality and how multiple forms of discrimination impact individuals’ lived experiences. Individuals and communities often belong to more than one group that has been historically underserved, marginalized, or adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Individuals at the nexus of multiple identities often experience unique forms of discrimination or systemic disadvantages, including in their access to needed services.

Primary Care Dentistry is defined as general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, dental public health, or dental hygiene.

Primary Care Medicine is defined as family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (“med-peds”).

Pediatric Dentistry Faculty are individuals who have completed a pediatric dental residency, have an appointment in a division or department of pediatric dentistry, and who teach in the field of pediatric dentistry at either the predoctoral or postdoctoral residency level. 

Underserved Communities

“[The] populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, as exemplified by the list in the preceding definition of ‘equity.”

A glossary containing additional general definitions for terms used throughout the Bureau of Health Workforce NOFOs can be located at the HRSA Health Workforce Glossary

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