Oral Health Integration Initiative
In June of 2015, the IOHA selected a new long-term initiative—to lead Idaho’s efforts to integrate oral health integration into the primary care setting. With key partners from across the state, the IOHA plans to steward collaborative efforts to bring oral health preventive practices and screenings into primary care settings to better serve a patient’s whole health. By reinforcing the fact that oral health is important to a person’s whole health, we hope to encourage strengthened bonds between the dental community and medical community across the state and work toward healthier Idahoans.
Our interest in this national movement has been reinforced by our research of integration activities in other states and through our participation in the Idaho Healthcare Coalition (IHC) and the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP). We are also inspired by our colleagues at the Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) who are working hard on oral health integration into Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Idaho and by our partners with the Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC) who are leading an oral health learning collaborative in 2017.
Over the next several years, we will continue our research, seek vast and varied input, steward relationships and partnerships, and build the foundation needed to lead the implementation of oral health integration into primary care settings in Idaho.