Transforming Dentistry with Innovative Models of Integration

lqThrough 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.

rq— Jane Barrow, Executive Director and Associate Dean of Global and Community Health

Case for Integration

Studies indicate that including dental benefits within primary care coverage will increase wellness and reduce overall healthcare costs.

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The HSDM Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine convenes academics, healthcare and business leaders who advocate for the integration of oral health and primary care — a core mission of HSDM. Activities include research, demonstration projects, policy statements, conferences and seminars. Our recent accomplishments.

 2018 Leadership Forum

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2018 Leadership Forum in Review

Leaders in academia, business, and health care gathered for the third Leadership Forum, which was hosted by Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine in late September. The two-day event, held at the Joseph Martin Center in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, offered a thought-provoking lineup of speakers and panels on the topic of “Achieving Quality and Value in Healthcare through Integration.” This year's Forum focused on innovations in how oral health care is taught, delivered, and funded.

A changing health care landscape

Keynote speaker, Don Berwick, MD, MPP, founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, kicked off the event by discussing the power shift in health care from proviDr. Donald Berwickder to patient and how this could improve quality and value across the industry. By taking a patient-focused approach, Berwick advocates for what he calls the quadruple aim of a better patient care experience, better population health, better per capita cost, and finding joy in the work of health care. Dr. Berwick drew comparisons to the approach to patient care from when his father worked as a general practitioner, to his own experiences treating patients throughout his career. He urged attendees to embrace this shift in the health care system, saying, “You have to change more than is comfortable. New care is better care.”

For a full recap of the 2018 Leadership Forum, click here!


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