Focus on the Dental Home
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American Association of Public Health Dentistry. 2012. Toward a Comprehensive Health Home: Integrating the Mouth to the Body. Springfield, IL: American Association of Public Health Dentistry. 11 pp.
This document provides an overview of patient-centered medical homes, health homes, and health care homes and makes recommendations on how to further integrate and coordinate oral health and dental homes with such models. Topics include the complexity of and challenges to improving oral health, evaluation, proposed systemic changes, potential barriers, system readiness, and expected impact.
Brownlee B. 2012. Oral Health Integration in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Environment: Case Studies from Community Health Centers. Seattle, WA: Qualis Health. 22 pp.
This paper documents four community health center case studies where steps have been taken to have the medical and dental delivery systems work more closely together and to incorporate oral health in their quality-improvement processes. Topics include models for integrating oral health care into the primary care setting, findings on oral-health-care-delivery in the safety net that can influence work toward the patient-centered medical home or health home model, and changes in health policy and health care reimbursement needed to support integrated oral health and primary care.
Holthouse S, Browne ME, Holt K. 2009. The dental home: Summary from an MCHB expert meeting. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 34 pp.
This report summarizes a meeting of experts held on September 18–19, 2008, in Washington, DC, to define the concept of a dental home. Topics include exploring the concept as it relates to the philosophy and goals of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, relationships between the medical and dental home concepts, concepts defining and establishing dental homes, and identifying promising practices and programs for implementing dental homes. Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 2011. Collaboration and Action to Improve Child Health Systems: Toolkit for State Leaders. Rockville, MD: Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 52 pp.
This toolkit provides an approach to mapping (i.e., drawing a diagram of) the child health system in a state so state leaders can better envision the flow of services and funding that supports access to care for children and families and identify opportunities for improvement. System diagrams and discussion questions on dental homes, sample scenarios, and tips on designing and facilitating a state leadership workshop are included. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
National Network for Oral Health Access. 2012. Oral Health and the Patient-Centered Health Home: Action Guide. Denver, CO: National Network for Oral Health Access. 19 pp.
This report describes a needs assessment of health center dental directors and follow-up interviews with nine “early adopter” organizations that have made substantial progress in integrating oral health into the patient-centered health home (PCHH). Topics include characteristics and organizational factors that facilitated medical-dental integration and the establishment of the PCHH, as well as barriers that hinder this achievement. Additional topics include promising practices related to integrating oral health with other health center services.
Oral Health Commission Safety Net Workgroup. 2011. Patient Centered Medical-Dental Home Initiatives: A Survey of Current and Future Strategies to Coordinate Care in Rhode Island. Providence, RI: State of Rhode Island Oral Health Commission. 19 pp.
This paper discusses efforts to (1) gather information on dental homes and medical and dental integration in the United States, (2) survey the medical and dental landscape in Rhode Island, and (3) disseminate information and continue the conversation around the integration of medical and dental care in the state.
VanLandeghem K. 2011. Children's Oral Health in the Health Home. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center. 13 pp.
This issue discusses the importance of a client-centered health home in improving children’s health. The issue explores the integration of oral health care with overall health care and discusses federal opportunities, particularly those under the Affordable Care Act, for promoting a health home for children and their families. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
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Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems
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Resource Highlights: Focus on the Dental Home. December 2012.
Reviewer: Katya Mauritson, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment