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    Transforming Dentistry Through Medical Dental Integration


We aim to break down barriers between oral and primary care to improve wellness and lower costs.


About the Initiative

The Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine convenes academics, students, and leaders from the business, healthcare, and public health communities to advance innovative ideas around the integration of oral health and primary care — a core academic mission of Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Research demonstrates that the benefits of providing oral health care include improved quality of life and a reduction of overall healthcare costs. Initiative Board Members provide informed guidance and serve as vital allies on issues related to the integration of oral health and primary care. 

Research & Demonstration Projects

At the Initiative's core is engagement in research and demonstration projects that explore new models of education, training and clinical practice. Other projects measure outcomes and evaluate financial models that demonstrate the value of integration.

Additional objectives

  • 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 policy 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.

lqOur unique position within Harvard University and the Longwood Medical area provides many opportunities for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary learning and discovery. We have created an academic center, the Initiative for the Integration of Oral Health and Medicine, in which education, research, and patient care occur simultaneously—each informing and improving the others. The Initiative has the goal of making oral health care affordable, evidence based and patient centered.rq

— Dr. Bruce Donoff, Former HSDM Dean and Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery