Transforming health systems to address oral health
Oral health is an essential part of overall health. Poor oral health affects the ability of a child to eat, sleep and learn. Oral disease is linked to serious chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Yet, historically the mouth is treated separately, as if it is not connected to the rest of the body. Oral health is rarely addressed in primary care medical. That needs to change.
We work to ensure that the health of the mouth is part of whole-person health. We accomplish this goal by:
- Integrating oral health and overall health through developing, testing and spreading the tools and supports needed by health providers to use a population-health, data-driven, inter-professional approach to delivering oral health care.
- Expanding community, non-profit, and Tribal clinics to better integrate services and address social determinants of oral health.
- We partner with Tribes to explore new workforce and service delivery models.