Focus on the Dental Home
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Selected Materials in the OHRC Library
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.
Glassman P, Harrington M, Namakian M. 2013. The Virtual Dental Home: Improving the Oral Health of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations Using Geographically Distributed Telehealth-Enabled Teams. San Francisco, CA: University of the Pacific, Pacific Center for Special Care. 9 pp.
This brief describes a community-based oral-health-delivery system in which people receive preventive and therapeutic services in community settings. Topics include why the system is needed, what it is, and how it works; results of a multi-site demonstration project across California; economic analysis; and conclusions.
Moursi A. 2013. Patient Centered Care. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. 12 pp.
This brief describes patient- and family-centered care as a concept that may improve access to and use of oral health services and increase client and parent satisfaction. Topics include the principles and potential benefits of patient- and family-centered care, case studies illustrating the core principles, using health information technology, obstacles and limitations, federal programs, and policy recommendations.
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 to establishment and integration.
Silverman J, Douglass J, Graham L. 2013. The Use of Case Management to Improve Dental Health in High Risk Populations. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. 12 pp.
This policy brief addresses the role of case management in helping families use available oral health services and prevent oral disease. Topics include oral health disparities, barriers to care, and the dental home. The brief also describes effective case-management strategies including motivational interviewing, client education and health literacy, care coordination, community outreach and education, and appointment reminder systems; discusses policy recommendations; and presents a case study.
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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems
Texas Department of State Health Services, Oral Health Program
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Resource Highlights: Focus on the Dental Home. December 2013.
Tracy Rodgers, Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral Health and Health Delivery Systems