Press Release: September 18, 2018
OHRC to Work with State Oral Health Programs and Primary Care Settings
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University (GU) was awarded supplemental funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). OHRC will work with six state Title V maternal and child health (MCH) agencies that are addressing the Title V national performance measure (NPM) on oral health, NPM 13, and implementing strategies to improve access to oral health in primary care settings. The intervention will provide technical assistance and training (TA/T) to one selected primary care setting for each MCH agency to focus on implementing the interprofessional oral health core clinical competencies for primary care to increase integration of oral health care into primary care. Planned activities build on a pilot program funded by HRSA in 2013 and implemented by the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA). The project runs through June 30, 2019.
Katy Battani, project manager, and Candace Owen, NNOHA’s education director, will help OHRC staff implement the project. Ms. Battani will coordinate development of the state team application and provision of TA/T to state teams. She will also promote opportunities to stimulate engagement among state teams and will help them prepare summaries of accomplishments. Ms. Owen will serve as a content expert and assist with TA/T. Together, OHRC and its consultants will facilitate state teams’ ability to advance systems change in workforce training and clinical care.
OHRC is the recipient of the Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement, a 4-year cooperative agreement from MCHB. OHRC and its consortium partners, the Association of State and Territorial Directors and the Dental Quality Alliance, work with key stakeholders to improve existing systems of care in support of a quality improvement, patient-centered approach that addresses the comprehensive oral health needs of the MCH population.
Founded in 1996, OHRC responds to the needs of professionals working in states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. The resource center supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others, particularly those working in state MCH programs, with the goal of improving oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, and their families.
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Washington, DC 20057-1272
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