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Dr. Heather Taylor began her career as a licensed dental hygienist, working in private practice and in public health. Before pursuing her PhD in Health Policy and Management at the Fairbanks School of Public Health, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where she taught dental radiology and supported community outreach projects and events. In particular, she worked with SEAL Indiana, the dental school's mobile dental sealant program, which travels across Indiana to provide preventive dental care to uninsured and underserved school children.
Recently, Dr. Taylor completed her dissertation entitled "Factors and Outcomes associated with dental care use among Medicaid-enrolled adults" using multiple years of Medicaid claims and enrollment data. She is passionate about improving access to dental care and reducing oral health disparities among low-income adults and children. Dr. Taylor was also a National Library of Medicine Fellow in Population and Public Health Informatics between 2017 and 2021.
To date, Dr. Taylor has published 14 studies in areas related to oral health, dental informatics, health administration, and health services research. Currently, she is working with colleagues to determine the economic burden of untreated mental illness in the state of Indiana.
Heath services research; Mental health; Oral health disparities; Oral-systemic relationship; Dental informatics.
PBHL-H325: Health Information Technology Management and Policy