Our projects measure the impact of integration on all aspects of the health system
Through the Initiative, HSDM and partners are striving to transform dentistry. We are pioneering new models for teaching, providing and funding care, as well as new methodologies for understanding the health and economic outcomes of integration.
— Jane Barrow, Executive Director and Associate Dean of Global and Community Health
Case for Integration
Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) established an Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine in 2014. 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.
Studies point to evidence that including dental benefits within primary health care coverage will reduce overall health care costs.