National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health

The National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (www.niioh.org)  is a foundation-funded, multi-year effort to ensure that all patients have access to oral health services and referrals in the context of their primary care PCMH. Primary care clinicians, including Family Medicine physicians, Pediatricians, Nurses and Physician Assistants are engaged as the Initiative:
1)    develops oral health champions in Primary Care,
2)    develops tools to enable primary care faculty, students and practitioners to acquire oral health core clinical competencies (www.smilesforlifeoralhealth.org), and 
3)    facilitates interprofessional agreement.
Endorsements of the “Smiles for Life” curriculum from primary care and the dental profession indicate support for adding oral health into PC education and practice; over 200,000  have sought to learn about oral health since SFL on-line launch in 2010).

The Initiative has commissioned Qualis Health to develop an Oral Health in Primary Care Implementation Guide which will be incorporated into the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative Resource Library (www.safetynetmedicalhome.org) supported by The Commonwealth Fund.
Incorporating Oral Health in the PCMH is another opportunity for medical homes to demonstrate progress toward achieving the triple aim and delivering on the promise of “whole person” care.

Initiative activities are made possible as a result of funding from: DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, REACH Healthcare Foundation, and the Connecticut Health Foundation.

 

Executive Member Since: 
March 2014
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