Integration in Action Blog

Tien Jiang, DMD, MEd, Sees Interprofessional Education as the Key to Expanding Integration Efforts

Tien Jiang, DMD, MEd, headshotTien Jiang, DMD, MEd, is an instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), and brings her background in dentistry and education to the Center of Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH). Jiang is also heavily involved in the Initiative to Integrate Oral health and Medicine and HSDM’s Office of Global and Community Health, spearheading curriculum work in Vietnam and more. Jiang is particularly invested in exploring how interprofessional education and curriculum reform can benefit oral health and primary care integration efforts across the globe.... Read more about Tien Jiang, DMD, MEd, Sees Interprofessional Education as the Key to Expanding Integration Efforts

Shenam Ticku, BDS, MPH, Sets Out to Train Oral Health Champions to Advance Integration Efforts

Shenam Ticku, BDS, MPHShenam Ticku, BDS, MPH, is currently an instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Ticku conducts research on behalf of the Office of Global and Community Health at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, HSDM’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, and the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH). Born in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ticku grew up all over the world and attended school in New Delhi, India, and Gaborone, Botswana. After graduating from high school, Ticku trained in dentistry at the J.S.S Dental College in Mysore, Karnataka, India. Before joining HSDM as a Health Policy Fellow in 2016, she received her Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.... Read more about Shenam Ticku, BDS, MPH, Sets Out to Train Oral Health Champions to Advance Integration Efforts

Maria Dolce, PhD, RN, CNE, Shares Insight on Innovating Integrated Care Models

Headshot of Maria DolceMaria Dolce, PhD, RN, CNE, is a long-time collaborator with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), first joining HSDM’s Oral Health and Primary Care Task Force in 2013. When the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine was launched in 2015, Dolce was a founding member. As an associate professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and subject matter expert lead in the Department of Oral Health Policy at HSDM, Dolce boasts valuable experience working to improve health care systems through interprofessional education and clinical practice.... Read more about Maria Dolce, PhD, RN, CNE, Shares Insight on Innovating Integrated Care Models

Initiative Collaboration with the FDI World Dental Federation and ICHOM Leads to Adult Oral Health Standard Set

Members of the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, including Jane Barrow, MS, associate dean for Global and Community Health and executive director of the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), recently collaborated with the FDI World Dental Federation and the International Consortium for Health Outcome Metrics (ICHOM) to develop a baseline standardized set of patient-centered outcomes for adult oral health. Hawazin Elani, PhD, assistant professor of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at HSDM, and Lisa Simon, DMD, MD, consulted during the planning phase. Titled, "Developing a standard set of patient‐centred outcomes for adult oral health – an international, cross‐disciplinary consensus," the article was published in July of 2020. Creating a data-driven minimum Adult Oral Health Standard Set (AOHSS) for use in clinical practice, research, advocacy and population health will ultimately help patients and providers make more collaborative and informed decisions about treatment and care.... Read more about Initiative Collaboration with the FDI World Dental Federation and ICHOM Leads to Adult Oral Health Standard Set

Russell Phillips, MD, Brings His Expertise in Primary Care to Integration Efforts

Dr. Russell Phillips headshotRussell Phillips, MD, is the William Applebaum Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, as well as a professor of Global Health and Social Medicine. Phillips is also the director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care. A graduate of MIT and Stanford Medical School (BIDMC), Phillips did his residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care.

After becoming interested in the quality of patient care, Phillips began work on a national study aimed at improving care for seriously ill patients, and a study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on the quality of care for Asian Americans. Phillips eventually became the director of the research program in the Division of General Medicine at BIDMC and led the Harvard Fellowship Program in General Medicine, even starting a new fellowship program on the investigation of complementary and integrative therapies. In 2002, Phillips became division chief of the Division of General Medicine at BIDMC. In 2012, he transitioned to the role of director at the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he met Dr. Bruce Donoff, DMD67, MD73, and first became interested in oral health integration into primary care.... Read more about Russell Phillips, MD, Brings His Expertise in Primary Care to Integration Efforts

Dr. Nathaniel Treister, DMD, DMSc, Brings His Expertise in Oral Medicine to the Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care

Dr. Nathaniel Treister, DMD, DMScDr. Nathaniel Treister, DMD, DMSc, has brought his time, his talents, and his expertise in Oral Medicine to the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine since its inception. After receiving his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Treister ventured to Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), where he received his Doctor of Medical Science in Oral Biology, as well as a certificate in Oral Medicine. Upon completing his oral medicine training, he joined the faculty in the Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where he has worked full-time since 2005.

Treister currently serves as the division chief and associate surgeon at BWH, as the clinical director in Oral Medicine and Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, and consults at Boston Children’s Hospital. On top of all that, Treister is an associate professor of Oral Medicine in the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at HSDM. Treister is board certified in Oral Medicine with special interest in oral mucosal diseases, salivary gland diseases, orofacial pain disorders, and oral complications in cancer patients.
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Meet Dr. Christine, Riedy, Principal Investigator for the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health

Dr. Christine Riedy, PhD, MPHChristine Riedy, PhD, MPH, has played an instrumental role in Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s efforts to be a champion of the integration of oral health and primary care. Riedy arrived at HSDM in 2013 and serves as the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Associate Professor in Oral Public Health and Epidemiology, as well as the department chair for Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. On top of those distinctions, Riedy is a member of the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine and the principal investigator for the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH). CIPCOH was established in July 2016 through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration as one of six national centers supported by the Academic Units for Primary Care Training Enhancement (AU-PCTE) program. Riedy is also the principal investigator for the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders.... Read more about Meet Dr. Christine, Riedy, Principal Investigator for the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health

Welcoming Dr. John Ahern Back to HSDM

John Ahern, Integration FellowAfter spending six months as a Fulbright Scholar in HSDM’s Office of Global and Community Health in 2016, John Ahern, MD, DMD, MPH, PhD, has returned to Harvard School of Dental Medicine to work with the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine. Ahern arrived in August and will serve as the Initiative’s Integration Fellow through the summer of 2020.

A native of Ireland, Ahern trained as both a dentist and a physician at Trinity College, the University of Dublin, and worked for several years as a clinician in both medical and dental roles. While working as a clinician, he earned a master’s degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Ahern gained further experience in the field of public health by working with the World Health Organization oral health program in Geneva, Switzerland.... Read more about Welcoming Dr. John Ahern Back to HSDM

"Together is better," says CIPCOH Lead Evaluator, Robin Harvan

Robin HarvanRobin Ann Harvan, EdD, EdM, FACE, FIAMSE, is currently a professor of Health Sciences, the director of the Health Sciences program, and co-chair of the Interprofessional Education Task Force at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University on the Boston campus. Harvan has been an academic affiliate with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine since 2014.  Starting in 2016, Harvan has served as investigator and lead evaluator on the HRSA cooperative agreement with Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine in partnership with University of Massachusetts Medical School, MCPHS University, and Stony Brook University School of Nursing to develop and operate an interinstitutional collaborative academic unit, the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH)
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New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts

Robin Harvan at IPE to IPPOn Wednesday, June 5, Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine partnered with the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) to host a new summit, titled Interprofessional Education to Practice. The event aimed to provide attendees with a practical approach to clinical integration of primary care and oral health and launch a peer-to-peer learning community. ... Read more about New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts