Job Description

Job Title: PHDHP Dental Hygienist
Job ID: 667485
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Health Plan
Department: Medical Mgmt Medicaid
Location: 600 Grant St, Pittsburgh PA 15219


UPMC Health Plan is actively seeking an PHDHP Dental Hygienist to make an immediate impact supporting their Medical Management Medicaid department! This persons responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) provides dental care through government sponsored programs including Medicaid and CHIP. The program is focused to aid in serving the oral healthcare needs for the underserved population, with emphasis on children ranging from ages 0-21. .

The PHDHP for this position must be an independent, self-starter with a desire to use their skill set to encourage a change to the mindset of members, families/supports, physicians and communities regarding oral health and importance of dental care. This team member must have experience working in a fast paced environment and have experience with the Medicaid population.

This is a new team with unique opportunities for taking the PHDHP to a new level providing services similar to a case manager but within the dental services universe. This individual will act as a conduit to both individual/family change but a much larger global change in pediatric care focus on dental.

The individual will have a mix of in office work, field work and work from home. Hours will vary dependent on location/time of events.

Geographical focuses are as follows: Eastern- Johnstown, Bedford, Altoona.

  • Applies protective topical agents, sealants and fluoride and related procedures within the scope of practice for a PHDHP
  • Assesses dental condition and needs of member using patient screening procedures including medical history and medications.
  • Contacts parents/guardians via telephonic outreach to provide oral health educational and counseling
  • Develops dental health program and strategy within the various areas identified as having gaps in coverage.
  • Maintain records of all outreach and communications (internally and externally)
  • Provide education material and effective outreach to identify eligible members as well as work with private practice pediatricians, Federally Qualified Health Centers(FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), or schools to promote oral health care and overall wellness.
  • Refers members for follow up with a dentist for an annual dental exam and assists member to obtain an appointment with a local dentist
  • Work with local agencies such as WIC, head start, nurseries, pre-schools, and child care programs and other agencies in the target areas to identify parents and programs for offering education, enrollment and treatment opportunities; provide comprehensive age appropriate education programs related to all aspects of good dental care; work with the community navigators to identify schools and agencies to recruit for our education and enrollment treatment programs.


  • High school diploma is required.
  • Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State Board of Dentistry as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner
  • Five (5) years of dental hygiene experience in a dental practice, school or clinic, required.  
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in dental hygiene, health science or allied health from an accredited college or university, preferred. 
  • Technical skills to perform dental assessments, fluoride application, and all dental hygiene duties, required.
  • Ability to interact with doctors, dentists, patient/families, and Health Plan clinical staff to obtain and relay information on oral hygiene status, required

    Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
    Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
    Act 73 FBI Clearance
    Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
    Dental Hygienist 

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State Board of Dentistry as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner. CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

    Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
    Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
    Act 73 FBI Clearance
    Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
    Dental Hygienist

Salary Range: $22.60 to $39.11

Union Position: No

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