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Elizabeth Mertz, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Dentistry
DepartmentPreventive & Restor Dent Sci
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-502-7934
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    University of California, San FranciscoPh.D.2010 Nursing (Sociology)
    University of MinnesotaMA1997Public Affairs
    University.of Southern CaliforniaBA1994Political Science
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    UCSF2010Distinguished Sociology Dissertation Award
    Colombia University College of Dental Medicine2011Columbia Visiting Professorship: Contemporary Issues in Dentistry
    UCSF School of Dentistry2014"Strengthening Team Science & Work Life Satisfaction in the UC System"
    UCSF School of Dentistry2014Selected as a 'young innovator' to be highlighted on the website for 150th UCSF Anniversary Celebrat

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    Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, MA, is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is affiliated with Healthforce Center, the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO). Beth has researched, published and lectured on a broad range of health professions workforce policy and analysis issues including; supply and demand of providers, health care regulation, state and federal workforce policy, access to care, and evolving professional practice models. She has served on a number of advisory and planning committees for organizations such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the California HealthCare Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and the Institute of Medicine. She is the PI on multiple research grants including a NIH funded evaluation of standardized preventive care to reduce dental disparities in children, a set of studies on workforce diversity in dentistry and a national center for Oral Health Workforce Research. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California, a MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a PhD in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.


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    Evaluating Standardized Preventive Care to Reduce Dental Disparities in Children
    NIH/NIDCR UH2DE025504Sep 18, 2015 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Mertz E, Wides C, Calvo J, Gates P. The Hispanic and Latino dentist workforce in the United States. J Public Health Dent. 2016 Dec 26. PMID: 28025830.
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    2. Mertz, EA., Calvo, J., Wides, CD., and Gates, P. The Black dentist workforce in the United States. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2016; (phd.12187).
    3. Mertz E, Wides C, Gates P. The American Indian and Alaska Native dentist workforce in the United States. J Public Health Dent. 2016 Dec 06. PMID: 27922723.
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    4. Mertz, E., Wides, C. and Gates, P. The American Indian and Alaska Native dentist workforce in the United States. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. doi:10.1111 workforce in the United States. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. doi:10.1111/jphd.12186 Journal of Public Health Dentistry . 2016; (jphd.12186):1-13.
    5. Mertz, EA., Wides, CD., Kottek, A., Calvo, CD., and Gates, PE. . Underrepresented minority dentist: Quantifying their numbers and characterizing the communities they serve. Health Affairs. 2016; 35(12):2190-2199.
    6. Mertz, E. . Dental care presents more financial barriers than medical care. Health Affairs. 2016; 35(12):2168-2175.
    7. Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, Ruth Kearn, RDHAP, MS. California pioneers new workforce models: With the registered dental hygienist in alternative practice, California remains ahead of the curve in expanding the roles of dental hygienists. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. 2016; 10(3):32-34.
    8. Mertz, E and Wides, C. . Evolving Delivery Models of Dental Care Services in Long-Term Care Settings: 4 State Case Studies. Rensselaer, NY: Oral Health Workforce Research Center, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany. January (In Press) . 2016.
    9. Vujicic, M., Bernabe, E., Neumann, D. Quinonez, C., and Mertz, E. . Dental Care. World Scientific Handbook of Global Health Economics and Public Policy. Vol.2. Richard Scheffler (ed). Imperial College Press. 2016.
    10. Mertz E, Bolarinwa O, Wides C, Gregorich S, Simmons K, Vaderhobli R, White J. Provider Attitudes Toward the Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Tools in Dental Practice. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2015 Dec; 15(4):152-63. PMID: 26698001.
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    11. Mertz E, Wides C, Cooke A, Gates PE. Tracking workforce diversity in dentistry: importance, methods, and challenges. J Public Health Dent. 2016 Dec; 76(1):38-46. PMID: 26183241.
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    12. Langelier M, Moore J, Mertz E . Case studies of federally qualified health centers to understand the integration of primary care and oral health services and the use of innovative oral health workforce to increase Access to care. Rensselaer, NY: Oral Health Workforce Research Center, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany . 2015.
    13. Langelier M, Moore J, ?Mertz E. Case studies of federally qualified health centers to understand the integration of primary care and oral health services and the use of innovative oral health workforce to Increase Access to Care. Rensselaer, NY: Oral Health Workforce Research Center, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany . 2015.
    14. Tsai C, Wides C, Mertz E. Dental workforce capacity and California's expanding pediatric Medicaid population. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2014 Nov; 42(11):757-64, 766. PMID: 25507262.
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    15. Brocklehurst P, Mertz B, Jerkovic-Cosic K, Littlewood A, Tickle M. Direct access to midlevel dental providers: an evidence synthesis. J Public Health Dent. 2014; 74(4):326-35. PMID: 24946834.
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    16. Jablonski R, Mertz E, Featherstone JD, Fulmer T. Maintaining oral health across the life span. Nurse Pract. 2014 Jun 15; 39(6):39-48. PMID: 24841464.
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    17. Wides C, Alam SR, Mertz E. Shaking up the dental safety-net: elimination of optional adult dental Medicaid benefits in California. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb; 25(1 Suppl):151-64. PMID: 24583494; PMCID: PMC4175711.
    18. Wides C, Mertz E, Lindstaedt B, Brown J. Building leadership among laboratory-based and clinical and translational researchers: the University of California, San Francisco experience. Clin Transl Sci. 2014 Feb; 7(1):69-73. PMID: 24405661; PMCID: PMC4224438.
    19. Brocklehurst P, Price J, Glenny AM, Tickle M, Birch S, Mertz E, Grytten J. The effect of different methods of remuneration on the behaviour of primary care dentists. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013; 11:CD009853. PMID: 24194456.
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    20. Wides CD, Brody HA, Alexander CJ, Gansky SA, Mertz EA. Long-term outcomes of a dental postbaccalaureate program: increasing dental student diversity and oral health care access. J Dent Educ. 2013 May; 77(5):537-47. PMID: 23658398; PMCID: PMC3718543.
    21. Wides, C., Marks, A., Durgan, S., Mertz, E., and Mutha, S. . Leadership In Action: The role and impact of the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program's California Health Improvement Project (CHIP). San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. February . 2013.
    22. Fulmer T, Jablonski RA, Mertz E, George M, Russell S. Oral health. Nurs Res Pract. 2012; 2012:809465. PMID: 22830008; PMCID: PMC3399457.
    23. Glassman P, Harrington M, Mertz E, Namakian M. The virtual dental home: implications for policy and strategy. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2012 Jul; 40(7):605-11. PMID: 22916382; PMCID: PMC3477859.
    24. Center for the Health Professions. Indicators of High Performance for Community Health Centers. Report prepared for the Blue Shield of California Foundation. 2012.
    25. Rab Alam, S., Wides, C., Mertz, E. . The impact of the elimination of optional adult dental benefits from Denti-Cal on the California dental safety-net. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. December. 2012.
    26. Mertz E, Lindler, V. and Dower C. Collaborative Practice in American Dentistry: Practice and Potential. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. January. . 2011.
    27. Wides, C., Bates, T., Mertz, E. . Registered dental hygienists in alternative practice in California, 2009: Descriptive report. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. December . 2011.
    28. Mertz E, Lindler, V. and Dower C. Collaborative practice in American dentistry: Practice and potential. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. January . 2011.
    29. Mertz E, Glassman P. Alternative practice dental hygiene in California: past, present, and future. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2011 Jan; 39(1):37-46. PMID: 21337961; PMCID: PMC3325901.
    30. Advancing Oral Health in America. Institute of Medicine (IOM). 2011.
    31. Kitchener M, Mertz E. Professional projects and institutional change in healthcare: the case of American dentistry. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Feb; 74(3):372-80. PMID: 21075497; PMCID: PMC3116978.
    32. Mertz EA, Finocchio L. Improving oral healthcare delivery systems through workforce innovations: an introduction. J Public Health Dent. 2010 Jun; 70 Suppl 1:S1-5. PMID: 20806470; PMCID: PMC3325903.
    33. Mertz, E Finocchio, L. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Improving Oral Health Care Systems through Workforce Innovations. 2010; 70(S1):S1-S5.
    34. Mertz, E. Reshaping Professional Boundaries and Organizational Forms in American Dentistry: A Case Study of Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice. Dissertation, University of California, San Francisco. 2010.
    35. Mertz E, Mouradian WE. Addressing children's oral health in the new millennium: trends in the dental workforce. Acad Pediatr. 2009 Nov-Dec; 9(6):433-9. PMID: 19854121; PMCID: PMC2814077.
    36. Louie, C Mertz, E Penfil, B O'Neil, E. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. A Pharmacy Leadership Action Study. 2009; 1(49):98-104.
    37. Louie C, Mertz E, Penfil B, O'Neil E. A pharmacy leadership action study. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2009 Jan-Feb; 49(1):98-104. PMID: 19196604.
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    38. Grumbach, K., Odom, K., Chen, E., Vercammen-Grandjean, C & Mertz, E. California Physician Diversity: New Findings from the California Medical Board Survey. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for California Health Workforce Studies. April. 2009.
    39. Mertz, E. Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice: Increasing Access to Dental Care in California. Berkeley, CA: California Policy Research Center, University of California. 2008.
    40. Mertz, E. Addressing Children's Oral Health in the New Millennium: Trends in the Dental Workforce. White Paper for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to report on progress made in addressing the recommendations contained in the 2000 Surgeon General's Report "Oral Health in America" (SGROH) with respect to children's oral health. 2008.
    41. Mertz, E. A Closer Look at Healthcare Workforce Needs in the West: Oral Healthcare. Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, November. 2008.
    42. Mertz, E and Bates, T. California Dental Hygiene Labor Market Report. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. November. 2008.
    43. Mertz E, Jain R, Breckler J, Chen E, Grumbach K. Foreign versus domestic education of physicians for the United States: a case study of physicians of South Asian ethnicity in California. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2007 Nov; 18(4):984-93. PMID: 17982219.
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    44. Mertz, E. California Survey of Dental Hygienists, 2005-2006: A Workforce Profile. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. March. 2007.
    45. Center for Health Workforce Studies. . Public Health Workforce Study. Rockville, Maryland: Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Health Workforce Information & Analysis, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS. 2005.
    46. Penfil, B and Mertz, E. The Pharmacy Safety Net in California. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. July. 2005.
    47. Penfil, B and Mertz, E . ) The Pharmacy Safety Net in California. San Francisco, CA: UCSF Center for the Health Professions. July. 2005.
    48. Rittenhouse DR, Mertz E, Keane D, Grumbach K. No exit: an evaluation of measures of physician attrition. Health Serv Res. 2004 Oct; 39(5):1571-88. PMID: 15333123; PMCID: PMC1361084.
    49. Mertz, E, Anderson, G, Grumbach, K and O'Neil, E. Evaluation of Strategies to Recruit Oral Health Care Providers to Underserved Areas of California. CPRC Brief. Vol 16. No 5. September. (Note: This is a peer reviewed report) . 2004.
    50. Grumbach K, Miller J, Mertz E, Finocchio L. How much public health in public health nursing practice? Public Health Nurs. 2004 May-Jun; 21(3):266-76. PMID: 15144371.
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    51. Mertz, E, Anderson, G, Grumbach, K and O'Neil, E. Evaluation of Strategies to Recruit Oral Health Care Providers to Underserved Areas of California. CPRC Brief. Vol 16. No 5. September. 2004.
    52. Mertz, E & Grumbach, K. The Distribution and Composition of Arizona's Dental Workforce and Practice Patterns: Implications for Access to Care. San Francisco, CA: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, UCSF Center for the Health Professions. 2004.
    53. Mertz E, Anderson G, Grumbach K, & O'Neill E. 1. Evaluation of Strategies to Recruit Oral Health Care Providers to Underserved Areas of California. San Francisco, CA: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, UCSF Center for the Health Professions . 2004.
    54. Grumbach K, Hart LG, Mertz E, Coffman J, Palazzo L. Who is caring for the underserved? A comparison of primary care physicians and nonphysician clinicians in California and Washington. Ann Fam Med. 2003 Jul-Aug; 1(2):97-104. PMID: 15040439; PMCID: PMC1466573.
    55. Miller, J, Grumbach, K and Mertz, E. . Nursing for the Public's Health: A Profile of Public Health Nurses in Five California Counties. San Francisco, CA: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, University of California - San Francisco, December. 2002.
    56. Orlans, Josh, Mertz, E, and Grumbach, K. Dental Health Professional Shortage Area Methodology: A Critical Review. San Francisco, CA: Center for the Health Professions, UCSF, October . 2002.
    57. Mertz E, O'Neil E. The growing challenge of providing oral health care services to all Americans. Health Aff (Millwood). 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):65-77. PMID: 12224910.
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    58. Orlans, Josh, Mertz, E, and Grumbach, K. . Dental Health Professional Shortage Area Methodology: A Critical Review. San Francisco, CA: Center for the Health Professions, UCSF, October. . 2002.
    59. Miller, J, Grumbach, K and Mertz, E. . Nursing for the Public's Health: A Profile of Public Health Nurses in Five California Counties. San Francisco, CA: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, University of California - San Francisco, December. 2002.
    60. Mertz EA, Grumbach K. Identifying communities with low dentist supply in California. J Public Health Dent. 2001; 61(3):172-7. PMID: 11603321.
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    61. Manuel-Barkin C, Mertz E, Grumbach K. The Distribution of Medicaid Dental Services in California. San Francisco: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, Center for the Health Professions, December. 2000.
    62. Mertz E, Manuel-Barkin C, Isman B and O'Neil E. . Improving Oral Health Care Systems in California: A Report of the California Dental Access Project. San Francisco: Center for the Health Professions. 2000.
    63. Mertz E, Grumbach K, MacIntosh L, and Coffman J. . The Geographic Distribution of Dentists in California: Dental Shortage Areas 1998, San Francisco: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, Center for the Health Professions, January. 2000.
    64. Mertz E, Grumbach K, MacIntosh L, and Coffman J. . The Geographic Distribution of Dentists in California: Dental Shortage Areas 1998, San Francisco: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, Center for the Health Professions, January. 2000.
    65. Manuel-Barkin C, Mertz E, Grumbach K. The Distribution of Medicaid Dental Services in California. San Francisco: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, Center for the Health Professions, December . 2000.
    66. Mertz E, Manuel-Barkin C, Isman B and O'Neil E. . Improving Oral Health Care Systems in California: A Report of the California Dental Access Project. San Francisco: Center for the Health Professions, December. . 2000.
    67. Grumbach, K, Mertz, E. and Coffman, J. . Underrepresented Minorities and Medical Education in California: Recent Trends in Declining Admissions, San Francisco: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, Center for the Health Professions, March. 1999.
    68. Grumbach, K, Coffman, J, Liu, Ruth and Mertz, E. . Strategies for Increasing Physician Supply in Medically Underserved Communities in California, Berkeley, CA: California Policy Research Center, University of California. 1999.
    69. Grumbach, K, Coffman, J, Liu, Ruth and Mertz, E. Strategies for Increasing Physician Supply in Medically Underserved Communities in California, Berkeley, CA: California Policy Research Center, University of California. 1999.
    70. Grumbach, K, Mertz, E. and Coffman, J. Underrepresented Minorities and Medical Education in California: Recent Trends in Declining Admissions, San Francisco: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, Center for the Health Professions, March. 1999.
    71. Mertz, E. and Finocchio, L. . A Snapshot of California's Local Health Departments, San Francisco: Center for California Health Workforce Studies, Center for the Health Professions, June . 1999.
    72. Coffman, J and Mertz, E. Pew Health Professions Commission (1998) Beyond the Balanced Budget Act of 1997: Strengthening Federal GME Policy, San Francisco: Pew Health Professions Commission, October. 1998.
    73. Levison, D. and Mertz, E. Health Effects of High Population. Health and Environmental Digest. 1997.
    74. Showstack, J. and Mertz, E. "Physician Workforce Planning in the United States: The Market as an Allocation Mechanism,".
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