Louisiana has a history of poor access to oral health services including dental care. The state's pre-existing health status and infrastructure problems coupled with the ongoing post-hurricane provider exodus, current Covid-19 pandemic, population shifts and extensive damage to the pre-existing impaired healthcare system and communities, create huge challenges for the state healthcare delivery systems. Through this funding opportunity, the “Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Development Project” will afford Louisiana the ability to focus on innovative programs to address the state’s oral health status and dental workforce needs in underserved areas. The goals outlined in the HRSA-22-050 will set the foundation needed for Louisiana to move forward. The State Oral Health Program (SOHP) envisions a new approach to tackling the ongoing issues surrounding oral health disparities. Throughout the duration of the grant, the Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Development Project will: • Increase the number of dental recruitment and retention programs implemented by the State Primary Care Office. • Increase continuing and distance-based dental education programs for dental clinicians with the inclusion of a COVID-19 Infection Control training curriculum. • Expand oral health evidence-based interventions in schools via teledentistry and increase access to teledentistry services for all through a new reimbursement policy. This grant will be administered by the SOHP which is housed within WAL. The SOHP will collaborate with two internal WAL programs –Louisiana Primary Care Office (LPCO) and the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) to address, assess, recommend and execute quality activities that will improve Louisiana’s dental workforce and oral health needs. The Louisiana Oral Health Workforce Development Project will be conducted statewide targeting 59 parishes located in a designated Dental HPSA.