More than 30,000 dental assistants in the US are now eligible for a $1 million incentive to get an assistant job, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Wednesday.
The new incentive, which will go to more than 2,400 dental assistants across the country, will also give the dentists a $200,000 incentive for working part time, with the possibility of another $50,000 for an additional year.
It is the latest in a series of moves by the USDA to encourage the more than 7,000-member dental association to keep its members engaged and engaged in their jobs.USDA Assistant Secretary for Rural Health and Human Services Heidi McAfee said: “The incentive is an important first step in creating a stronger workforce in the country’s rural communities.”
The US Department has offered the incentive for more than 10 years, the USDA said in a statement.
“We are committed to ensuring that every member of our profession is working to achieve their best,” the USDA added.
The incentive will go towards training dental assistants, dental assistants who work for the healthcare or educational institutions, dental assistant assistants working in community health centers and dental assistants working at home.US Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said: The incentive will help ensure that the dental profession remains relevant to our nation’s workforce.
“Dental assistants who become dental assistants at home will continue to be in the best position to meet the needs of the next generation of Americans.
The new incentive will also support their ability to grow their career,” Acosta added.
Dental assistant schools have been under fire for their low pay, with many citing the low wages and low benefits.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has also been criticized for its low pay.
The ADA said it was also concerned about the incentives, saying the incentive “could put dentists at a disadvantage” as they “are expected to take on additional duties”.
The agency said the incentive will not apply to new applicants.
Dentists in the states of Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas will also receive a bonus.
In a statement, the ADA said: These new dental assistants will help to support their dental assistant peers and to support the advancement of dentists across the United States.
The ADA encourages the dental association and its members to keep working together to make dental care accessible to all Americans.
“The new dental assistant school incentive is one of many measures the USDA has taken to increase the dental workforce and to promote health in communities around the country.
The program is part of the USDA’s Rural Health Workforce Initiative (RWHI), which provides a $4.3 billion grant to states to support dental health and workforce development.