Health systems need to address oral health.

The mouth is often treated as separate from the rest of the body, with oral health rarely addressed in medical settings. This needs to change. Through trainings and partnerships with local health leaders, we can transform systems to better address the needs of our communities’ oral health.

We work to transform health systems to address oral health through:


Training medical providers to recognize and address oral health through medical/clinical collaborations.

National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH)

Fostering interprofessional development and systems change focused on the education and training systems of primary care and other professions.

Local Impact Networks

Connecting committed community partners who blend resources to improve oral health for those in the community who need it most.

Community Health Worker Partnerships

Supporting community health workers to address the oral health needs of their communities.

For more information about transforming health care, contact Dianne Riter.