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Tobacco Dependence Treatment in Mental Health—Everyone Has a Right to be Healthy
2014 | PDF | Source: Comprehensive Care Conference, Karen Brown, MPA
During this session medical providers, oral health providers, behavioral health, and human service professionals learned about the devastating effects of tobacco on people with mental illness, and the best way to approach people with tobacco addiction using an evidence-based national model known as the 5As. They learned about the modifications needed to make the 5As approach more successful for those with mental illness. This session also assist providers in helping tobacco users understand the benefits of quitting, find out if they are ready to take steps to quit, and to know what resources and strategies are recommended.


Perinatal Oral Health: A Collaborative Approach
2014 | PDF | Source: Comprehensive Care Conference, Emily Carr, MPH and Eline Wilson, MD
The evidence is convincing that the health of childbearing women has an impact on the health and survival of their future newborn children. Yet, too many childbearing women in Michigan do not understand that oral health care is an important component of a healthy pregnancy, and often times pregnant women, some with obvious signs of oral disease, do not seek or receive oral health care. This session provided an overview of the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Perinatal Oral Health Initiative, Michigan data, and current programmatic activities. It also has a comprehensive clinical overview of maternal oral health issues and learn about guidance and resources available for prenatal and oral health professionals.

Improving Systemic Outcomes with Oral Health Interventions
2014 | PDF | Source: Comprehensive Care Conference, Sean Boynes, DMD
The overall vision of integrated dental medicine is based on oral health as an integral aspect to total body wellness (systemic care). Poor oral health can lead to many systemic issues and adverse events as well as poor systemic health leading to adverse oral conditions. Therefore, it is imperative that providers, across all disciplines, with these patient commonalities work together in order to produce positive patient outcomes. This session reviewed and evaluated the various aspects to this care delivery model as well as provide analysis of currently operating integrated dental medicine clinics. The session also reviewed updates on methodology and outcomes assessment with dental care used for systemic medical treatment.

Changes in Health Care...It's a Good Thing

2014 | PDF | Source: Comprehensive Care Conference, Sean Boynes, DMD
This session evaluated the big picture impact oral health can make within the overall health care system. As public health challenges grow more multifaceted and per capita costs persistently increase, the desire for comprehensive and integrated care continues to intensify. The health care system will see ongoing pressure to improve performance and accountability, as well as reduce health care disparities and costs. Traditionally, dentistry has been insulated from changes in the health care markets and evolved within a completely separate system of delivery. However, the ability for the dental profession to remain a casual acquaintance to the health care system is rapidly changing. Dentistry will have to become more involved as empirical evidence of dental-medicine relationships mount and a new funding system that prioritizes outcomes over fee-for-service is implemented.


2014 Great Lakes Medical/Dental Summit Presentations 


Improving Systemic Outcomes with Oral Health Integration - Sean Boynes, DMD 

Integrating Oral Health into a Prenatal Setting - Beth Noel RDH 

Public Health Priorities in Team Based Care - Homa Amini, DDS,MS,MPH 

Coordinated Care & HIV Chronic Disease Management - David Reznik, DDS 

Connecting in Meaningful Ways EHR/EDR- Adele Allison, BS


Dental Director 2015: Empowering Your Vision
Marty Lieberman DDS
Chad Lennox


Integrating Dental Hygienists into Community Health Centers: Panel Session
Illinois - Pam Steinbach, RN, MS
Michigan - Rene Louchart RDH BS
Indiana - Hannah L. Maxey, PhD(c), MPH, RDH
Ohio - Jayne Klett, RDH


Keynote Address - Laura Makaroff, DO


Primary Care and Dental Integration & Sustainability
2013  |  PDF  |  Source: Bob Russell, DDS, MPH
This exposes the real costs of lacking access to dental care, and why, ultimately, dental services are necessary for the safety net to reach its purpose—to improve community health and to increase success in the medical management of Health Center patients. Learn about the resources needed for success and the reasons why some Health Centers fail. Accompanying Handouts
Presented at the 2013 MPCA Annual Conference

Creating a Flexible Model of Interprofessional Teamwork: Preparing for the Future of Healthcare
2013 | PDF |  Source: Bill Piskorowski, DDS, Howard Hamerink, DDS, Mark Fitzgerald, DDS, MS, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

This session presents a novel Interprofessional Education model ideally suited for Health Centers which promotes improved patient care outcomes by fostering effective communication and team interactions among all health care professionals involved in patient care. Outcomes include improved patient care, patient satisfaction in their care, learning by both students and staff, and organizational efficiencies for the facility.
Presented at the 2013 MPCA Annual Conference

HPV and Oral Cancer

2013 | PDF | Source: Michigan Primary Care Association
This webinar outlines epidemiology, screening, detection and identifying high risk for oral cancer, treatment challenges for medical and dental providers, and prevention/immunization recommendations.

Increasing Access to Dental Care with Public Act 161

2013  |  Slidecast  |  Source: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
In 2005, Public Act 161 was signed into law to expand the types of agencies which allowed hygienists to practice remotely supervised in underserved areas. The Michigan Department of Community Health administers the PA 161 Program, and today there are 55 organizations, 98 supervising dentists, and 207 registered dental hygienists practicing through the program. This presentation explains how the Michigan Department of Community Health manages the program and shares two Health Centers' experience.

Increasing Access to Dental Care: A Health Center's Experience Contracting with Private Dentists

2012  |  Slidecast  |  Source: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
During this presentation a Wisconsin-based Health Center shares its experience contracting with private dentists to provide dental services to Health Center patients in the dentists' private offices to increase access to dental care. This practice is increasing and has been endorsed and promoted in concept by national organizations that represent the interests of dentists and Health Centers.

The FQHC Dental Balancing Act: Establishing Dental Encounters and Productivity in a Health Center

2009  |  Slidecast  |  Source: Michigan Primary Care Association
Addresses how to match available resources to population demographics.

Improving Oral Health Access of Migrant and Seasonal Workers

2008  |  PDF  |  Source: Michigan Primary Care Association

Putting Teeth Into Health Care

PDF  |  Source: Michigan Primary Care Association
Explains the relationship between oral health and systemic diseases, and how medicine and dentistry work together.

Oral Health and General Health: What's The Connection?

PDF  |  Source: University of Michigan
Explains how many systemic diseases have oral manifestations, how oral disease can affect treatment for systemic disease, and how treatment for systemic disease can affect oral health.


Resource Documents

Campaign for Dental Health's Educational Resources on the Importance of Fluoridation NEW

2014 | Website | Source: Campaign for Dental Health


2013 Check-Up on Oral Health: A Michigan County Profile  NEW
2013  |  PDF  |  Source: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
Provides Michigan Legislators and other interested parties with the primary oral health and community indicators for each Michigan county.

Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program  NEW
2013  |  PDF  | Source: State of Michigan

Oral Health Care for the HIV-Infected Patient

2013  |  PDF  | Source: HIVdent The Mountain Plans AIDS Education and Training Center
Dental Provider manual for reference. 

Meaningful Use for the Dental Practice

2012  |  PDF  |  Source: National Network for Oral Health Access
Step-by-step quick start guide for dental providers.

Online Oral Health Training for Medical Providers

2012  |  PDF  |  Source: Michigan Department of Community Health, Medical Services Administration
This Medical Services Administration bulletin (MSA 12-16)—distributed to Federally Qualified Health Centers, Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses, Medical Clinics, Rural Health Clinics, Tribal Health Centers, Local Health Departments, and Medicaid Health Plans—introduces the online training "Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum" as a replacement for the MDCH "Infant and Children Oral Health for Medical Professionals", effective July 1, 2012.

2011 Check-Up on Oral Health: A Michigan County Profile

2011  |  PDF  |  Source: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
Provides Michigan Legislators and other interested parties with the primary oral health and community indicators for each Michigan county.

The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Improving Oral Health

2011  |  PDF  |  Source: Health Resources & Services Administration
Regional oral health summit final report.

Growing and Sustaining a Dental Clinic Within the Primary Care Safety Net

2008  |  PDF  |  Source: Bureau of Primary Health Care
Federally Qualified Health Center dental clinic operations in a changing environment.

Treating Underserved Dental Patients While Staying Afloat

2008  |  PDF  |  Source: California Healthcare Foundation
This guide explains how dental providers can increase patient capacity and generate higher revenue if they follow best practices in designing, redesigning, and streamlining operations to boost efficiency and productivity.

Access to Dental Care: Solving the Problem for Underserved Populations

2004  |  PDF  |  Source: Journal of the American Dental Association

Increasing Access to Dental Care Through Public/Private Partnerships: Contracting Between Private Dentists and Federally Qualified Health Centers
2003  |  PDF  |  Source: Connecticut Oral Health Foundation
As part of a multi-stage strategy to improve access, Connecticut Oral Health Foundation commissioned the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) to investigate strategies to improve access to dental services for underserved populations. One such strategy of wide interest and potential application involves establishing contractual arrangements between Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC Look-Alikes and private-practice dentists for the purpose of providing dental services to Health Center patients, either in the dentists’ private offices or in designated areas within Health Center facilities. This handbook is an indispensable aid to Health Center interested in establishing such contractual arrangements for oral health services.


Improving Women's and Children's Oral Health
PDF  |  Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
Discusses the importance of visiting the dentist, fluoride, and dental sealants; how to clean infants' and toddlers' teeth; baby's first visit to the dentist; and much more.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition

Website  |  Source: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
The Michigan Oral Health Coalition is comprised of primary care clinicians, oral health clinicians, dental benefit providers, advocacy and provider organizations, state and local government officials, and consumers working together to improve oral health in Michigan.

Michigan Dental Association

Website  |  Source: Michigan Dental Association
The official site of more than 6,000 dentist and student members of the Michigan Dental Association. Includes information for the public and dental professionals.

Michigan Department of Community Health Oral Health Resources

Website  |  Source: University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Provides links to grant opportunities, oral health directory by county, tips for good oral health, and the state's oral health programs.

Michigan Center for Oral Health Research

Website  |  Source: Michigan Center for Oral Health Research
Serves the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, the profession, and the public in the translation of basic knowledge into new clinical therapies, while supporting the evaluation of existing therapies in order to improve oral health, dental, and craniofacial health.

Children's Dental Health Project

Website  |  Source: Children's Dental Health Project
A national non-profit organization with the vision of achieving equity in children's oral health. The CDHP designs and advances research-driven policies and innovative solutions by engaging a broad base of partners committed to children and oral health, including professionals, communities, policymakers and parents.

HRSA Oral Health Website

Website  |  Source: Health Resources & Services Administration
Information about oral health programs and affordable oral health care from HRSA.

Meaningful Use and Oral Health

Website  |  Source: Health Resources & Services Administration
Explains how the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program is applicable to oral health providers, how meaningful use impacts health IT for oral health, what certified products are available for dentistry, and what should be considered before adoption of a health IT system for oral health.

National Network for Oral Health Access
A nationwide network of dental providers who care for patients in safety-net systems. These providers understand that oral disease can affect a person's speech, appearance, health, and quality of life, and that inadequate access to oral health services is a significant problem for low-income individuals. The members of NNOHA are committed to improving the overall health of the country's underserved individuals through increased access to oral health services. The NNOHA Web site is a collection of information, contacts, and resources for current and prospective members.

A not-for-profit coalition of concerned health care professionals committed to assuring access to high quality oral health care services for adults, adolescents,and children living with HIV disease. HIVdent disseminates state-of-the-art treatment information and shares expertise in advocacy, development, training. intergration and evaluation of oral health services for the HIV-infected population.

Smiles for Life Curriculum
Website  |  Source: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
A national oral health curriculum (in its third edition) designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.


Tools & Templates

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Website  |  Source : National Maternal and Child Oral Resource Center
Educational materials for dental and medical providers.

Water Fluoridation: A Community Toolkit

2012  |  PDF  |  Source: Michigan Oral Health Coalition
A resource on the health benefits, cost savings, and media outreach on fluoridation that can be used for talking
with friends, colleagues, and opinion leaders within your community about community water fluoridation.

Oral Health IT Toolbox

Website  |  Source: Health Resources & Services Administration
Intended to help in the integration of oral health and primary care, to improve access to care, and to engage patients.

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