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MCHB-Funded Projects

Networks for Oral Health Integration Within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net

The purpose of the Networks for Oral Health Integration (NOHI) Within the MCH Safety Net is to improve access to and utilization of comprehensive, high-quality oral health care for pregnant women, infants, and children at high risk for oral disease. Three projects were awarded funding for a 5-year period (2019–2024) to develop, implement, and evaluate models of care using three collective strategies:

  1. Enhanced integration of oral health care within maternal and child health safety net services (e.g., community health centers [CHCs]).
  2. Increased knowledge and skills among health professionals (including oral health, non-oral health clinical, and non-oral-health support service professionals) for delivering optimal oral health services.
  3. Increased knowledge and awareness of preventive oral health practices among parents and other caregivers to increase adoption of these practices, including use of oral health services.
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NOHI Projects

  • Midwest Network for Oral Health Integration (MNOHI): Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio (view profile)
  • Rocky Mountain Oral Health Network (RoMoNOH): Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming (view profile)
  • Transforming Oral Health for Families (TOHF): District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, and Virginia (view profile)

Each NOHI project team comprises the award recipient, the partners, and the primary care associations and selected CHCs in four states (see map below). Two projects are focusing on pregnant women and infants and children from birth to age 40 months, and one project is focusing on children ages 6–11. Learn more in Networks for Oral Health Integration: Overview and Project Profiles and NOHI Projects: At-A-Glance.


NOHI projects map

NOHI Learning Collaborative

NOHI projects participate in a learning collaborative (LC) supported by the Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement project, a consortium led by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Dental Quality Alliance. The NOHI LC is also supported by FrameShift Group.

The purpose of the LC is to share successes, lessons learned, and challenges focusing on building capacity around the three core functions: (1) data, analysis and evaluation, (2) outreach and education, and (3) policy and practice.

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Contact

If you have additional questions or need further information about the project, please contact Susan Lorenzo, Technical Assistance and Training Project Manager/Librarian.

Resources

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
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 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
Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum