Our vision is to fully integrate oral health into health care education, delivery and financing. We aim to improve wellness, remove barriers to coverage, and lower costs by advocating for early detection, patient education, and preventative self-care.
About the Initiative
The Initiative Integrating Oral Health and Medicine convenes academics, students, and corporate leaders in the health care community to develop exciting and innovative ideas around the integration of oral health and primary care — a core academic mission of Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Current research demonstrates that the economic benefit of providing oral health care leads to improved quality of life and also reduces overall healthcare costs. Initiative Board Members provide informed guidance on the Initiative's direction and serve as vital allies on issues related to the integration of oral health and primary care.
Foster discussion, guide public policy, and advocate for integrating oral health and primary care.
Provide interdisciplinary connections among Harvard faculty, students, industry leaders and other higher education institutes to shape recommendations on oral health and primary care integration with an eye toward effectiveness.
Collaborate with national, state, and local partners to identify and develop innovative strategies for improving oral and systemic health outcomes.
Provide scholarly review of all clinical and epidemiological data regarding oral and systemic health.
Research & Demonstration Projects
At the Initiative's core is engagement in research and demonstration projects that explore new models of education, training and practice. Other projects measure outcomes and explore financial models that will demonstrate the value of integration. Additional activities include policy statements, conferences and seminars.