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Consortium for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement

Integrating Oral Health Care and Primary Care Learning Collaborative: A State and Local Partnership


This project focuses on integrating oral health care and primary care with both a state component and a local component in nine states. The learning collaborative runs from January 2022 through March 2024.

The state component focuses on assessing and improving systems-level capacity for integrating oral health care and primary care for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs (MCH population). A capacity inventory tool will be developed for state oral health programs to review and revise to identify relevant drivers or change concepts. COHSII will provide technical assistance (TA) to state oral health programs on using the capacity inventory tool to identify action strategies.

The local component focuses on integrating oral health care and primary care for pregnant women at the community health center (CHC) level. States will select one CHC site that provides prenatal care to participate in the project. COHSII staff and consultants, including expertise from the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), will provide TA to project teams to integrate the interprofessional oral health core clinical competencies into primary care practice. Project teams will have opportunities to share information to advance oral health policy and practice and enhance the integration of oral health care and primary care. Data will be presented to show examples of how the integration of oral health care and primary care can improve access to and utilization of oral health care. The local component began in April 2022.

Participating States and Prenatal Clinics

  • California, La Clinica de La Raza
  • Georgia, Albany Area Primary Health Care
  • Illinois, PCC Community Wellness Center
  • Maryland, Choptank Community Health System
  • Mississippi, G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center
  • Ohio, Lorain County Health and Dentistry
  • Rhode Island, Comprehensive Community Action Program
  • Texas, Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center
  • West Virginia, New River Health Association

Map showing partnership states


A User’s Guide for Implementation of Interprofessional Oral Health Core Clinical Competencies: Results of a Pilot Project
American Dental Association CDT Codes
Bright Futures: Oral Health—Pocket Guide
Considerations for Oral Health Integration in Primary Care Practice for Children
Integrating Oral Health Care into Primary Care: A Resource Guide
Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice
Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Technical Assistance Toolkit
Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care: White Paper
Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement
Oral Health Coding Fact Sheet for Primary Care Physicians
Oral Health in Primary Care Training
Oral Health Reimbursement Chart
Oral Health Risk Assessment Resources
Organized, Evidence-Based Care: Oral Health Integration—Implementation Guide Supplement
Organized, Evidence-Based Care Supplement: Oral Health Integration—Executive Summary
Partnership for Integrating Oral Health Care into Primary Care Project
The Partnership for Integrating Oral Health Care into Primary Care Project 2019–2021: Final Report
Protect Tiny Teeth (implementation guide and provider toolkit)
Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum


If you have additional questions or need further information about the project, please contact project managers.

Katy Battani

Sarah Kolo