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Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement

Partnership for Integrating Oral Health Care into Primary Care

Overview

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) will provide technical assistance and training to 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 care in primary care settings.

Five states—Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Rhode Island—have been selected to participate. OHRC will work with these state agencies and local primary care settings to integrate the interprofessional oral health core clinical competencies into practice. Primary care health professionals will integrate oral health care into primary care by completing risk assessments and screenings, providing preventive interventions and oral health education, and conducting interprofessional collaborative activities. The populations of focus include pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Project settings include community health centers, a local public health department, and a university-based women’s health clinic.

Planned activities build on a pilot program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration in 2013 and implemented by the National Network for Oral Health Access.

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If you have further questions or need further information about the project, please contact
Katy Battani
Project Manager

Core Competencies

Domain 1: Risk Assessment
Identifies factors that impact oral health and overall health.

  • Conduct patient-specific oral health risk assessments on all patients.
  • Identify patient-specific conditions and medical treatments that impact oral health.
  • Identify patient-specific oral conditions and diseases that impact overall health.
  • Integrate epidemiology of caries, periodontal diseases, oral cancer, and common oral trauma into the risk assessment.

Domain 2: Oral Health Evaluation
Integrates subjective and objective findings based on completion of a focused oral health history, risk assessment, and performance of clinical oral screening.

  • Perform oral health evaluations linking patient history, risk assessment, and clinical presentation.
  • Identify and prioritize strategies to prevent or mitigate risk impact for oral and systemic diseases.
  • Stratify interventions in accordance with evaluation findings.

Domain 3: Preventive Intervention
Recognizes options and strategies to address oral health needs identified by a comprehensive risk assessment and health evaluation.

  • Implement appropriate patient-centered preventive oral health interventions and strategies.
  • Introduce strategies to mitigate risk factors when identified.

Domain 4: Communication and Education
Targets individuals and groups regarding the relationship between oral and systemic health, risk factors for oral health disorders, effect of nutrition on oral health, and preventive measures appropriate to mitigate risk on both individual and population levels.

  • Provide targeted patient education about importance of oral health and how to maintain good oral health, which considers oral health literacy, nutrition, and patient’s perceived oral health barriers.

Domain 5: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
Shares responsibility and collaboration among health care professionals in the care of patients and populations with, or at risk of, oral disorders to assure optimal health outcomes.

  • Exchange meaningful information among health care providers to identify and implement appropriate, high quality care for patients, based on comprehensive evaluations and options available within the local health delivery and referral system.
  • Apply interprofessional practice principles that lead to safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable planning and delivery of patient and population-centered oral health care.
  • Facilitate patient navigation in the oral health care delivery system through collaboration and communication with oral health care providers and provide appropriate referrals.