The Case for Integration
Oral health is inextricably linked to overall health - yet, it is often a separate and sometimes undervalued aspect of health care. By integrating the services and education provided in your health system, you have the opportunity to ensure your patients have access to truly comprehensive care
What is Care Integration?
An integrated health system is inter-professional, easy for patients to navigate, and addresses a patient’s whole health. In an integrated system, every part of the health care experience, from check-in to clinical engagements and referrals for social support, are streamlined and collaborative to improve patient outcomes.
Any care setting can enhance care integration and workflow. Review the resources below, including the Oral Health Integration Toolkit to learn how you can leverage integration to improve health outcomes.
A Who's Who for Successful Integration
Creating an integrated system requires buy-in and dedication at every level:
Oral Health Integration Learning Collaboratives
2021 Oral Health Integration Learning Collaborative
Virginia Health Catalyst will open applications for its 2021 Oral Health Integration Learning Collaborative in early Fall 2021. Click here to learn more about the collaborative. Reach out to Brita Allen with any questions.
Transforming Oral Health for Families (TOHF) Project
Eligible FQHCs with dental programs in Virginia can apply to participate in 18- month learning collaboratives designed to assist clinics to better address the oral health care needs of infants and toddlers through interprofessional training and supported implementation of effective care coordination models. Learn more here and apply today!
Catalyst Integration Resources
To equip the health care community with the tools and resources needed to successfully integrate care Virginia Health Catalyst developed the resources below. To learn more about integrating care, contact Brita Allen.
Additional Integration Resources
- Integration assessment
- Metrics for measuring success:
- Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, Oral Health Integration Supplement Guide
- NNOHA Dental Dashboard
- ADA Dental Quality Alliance
- Trauma-Informed Care and Resilience Resources
- Online Resources for Assessing and Measuring Social Determinants of Health
- Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum
- Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals
- Learning Modules: Oral Health Across the Lifespan
- National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care
"Providing Comprehensive Care for your Patients" is generously supported by the Virginia Department of Health through the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (Contract # 702AC932859) and the AT&T Foundation.
Thank you to: Mike Murchie, MD, CrossOver HealthCare Ministry, McAllister Castelaz DMD, Horizon Health Services, Sable Nelson, Virginia Department of Health, and Sarah Raskin, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University for reviewing “Creating Comprehensive Care for your Patients" and providing feedback.