Case for Action
Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) has established an Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine. This Initiative convenes academics and leaders within the health care community to develop exciting and innovative ideas around the integration of oral health and primary care. Activities undertaken by the Initiative include research, policy statements, conferences and seminars.
Recent studies have pointed to evidence that including dental benefits within primary health care coverage will reduce overall health care costs.
This important HSDM Initiative sprung almost organically from the preparation and participation in the 2014 Leadership Forum, which focused on the economic imperative of oral health. The resonance for a specific outcome from our previous leadership forums was never as clear and as loud.
- Dr. Kim Ritrievi, Immediate Past Chair, HSDM Dean's Advisory Board
The Advisory Board for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine serves as an effective, volunteer-driven board with healthcare experts, and Harvard faculty leading conversations on the integration of oral health and primary care. The Board provides informed guidance on the Initiative's direction and serves as a vital ally on issues related to oral health and primary care.
For more information, please contact:
Jane Barrow, Executive Director
Assistant Dean of Global and Community Health