Community of Practice Collaborators

HSDM partners with a number of organizations to pilot new models of education, training and clinical practice. Other collaborations are focused on developing new methodologies to quantify the heath and financial impact of oral health integration on individuals, populations and systems.

Organizations that we partner with include:

Cambridge Health Alliance: A Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital locaed in Cambridge, MA. 

Care Institute for Oral Health: Our oral health system developed over time in patchwork form, producing a system that isn’t well-designed to achieve the best outcomes for patients. The fee-for-service model leads to misaligned financial incentives. Dental providers are siloed from the rest of health care, despite clear evidence of the connection between oral health and overall health. Many Americans, for various reasons, lack access to critical preventive care. 

CareMoreAn eight state Medicare advantage plan that provides care to Medicare and Medicaid populations who traditionally have limited access to oral health care services. HSDM is working with CareMore and Commonwealth Care Alliance to learn how to most effectively deliver oral health care to these vulnerable populations and to measure the associated health and cost outcomes.

Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH)A joint collaboration with Harvard University School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, MCPHS University (formerly the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) and State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA)A Massachusetts based care and benefits provider that is working to provide dental services to medically complex patients in an integrated setting. HSDM is working with both Commonwealth Care Alliance and CareMore to learn how to most effectively deliver oral health care to these vulnerable populations and to measure the associated health and cost outcomes.

Community CatalystCommunity Catalyst's mission is to organize and sustain a powerful consumer voice to ensure that all individuals and communities can influence the local, state and national decisions that affect their health.

Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC)A Harvard founded student-faculty practice that has six student-administered clinics across the Boston area that provide care to patients who do not have a primary care doctor. The clinics provide innovative models of integrated care and are staffed with students from both Harvard’s Medical and Dental Schools.

Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care: Committed to uncovering, promoting, and fighting for the best and most efficient ways to deliver high-quality primary care around the world.

Health Care for All (HCFA)Health Care For All (HCFA) seeks to create a consumer-centered health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, culturally competent, high quality care and consumer education for everyone, especially the most vulnerable. HCFA works to achieve this as a leader in public policy, advocacy, education and service to consumers in Massachusetts.

Families USA: A critical aspect of good health for all families is the ability to obtain comprehensive and affordable health insurance coverage, and we continue to lead efforts on the national and state levels to protect and expand such coverage. We produce research, analysis, and messaging to defend and strengthen the Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This includes working in a nonpartisan manner with community leaders, governors and state legislators to identify innovative ways to expand coverage for low-income people and other vulnerable populations, as well as to ensure health insurance works for all socioeconomic levels in the nation.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focused on achieving health equity by supporting innovative programs that improve access to quality services among vulnerable populations. HRSA recently provided support for the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH).

International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM)ICHOM’s mission is to unlock the potential of value-based health care by defining global Standard Sets of outcome measures that really matter to patients for the most relevant medical conditions and by driving adoption and reporting of these measures worldwide.

Mass League of Community Health Centers: The League serves as an information source on community-based health care to policymakers, opinion leaders and the media, and provides a wide range of technical assistance to health centers and communities

National Center for Equitable Care for EldersNCECE is a training and technical assistance Center that provides innovative and culturally competent models of care, interprofessional training and educational resources, and technical assistance to health care professionals providing care to an increasingly vulnerable population: older adults.

National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health: The National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIOH) the only profession neutral, national voice for interprofessional integration of oral health into whole person care. Founded in 2009, NIIOH uses a collective impact approach to engage organizations from multiple, diverse parts of the healthcare workforce to work together to create change across education and practice.

Northeastern University’s Bouvé School of NursingHarvard School of Dental Medicine and Northeastern University School of Nursing are partnering on an innovative HRSA-funded program that aims to bring primary care services into a dental care practice. The program is focused on serving the primary and oral health care needs of Boston area patients and their families.  Read more

Oral Health Workforace Resource Center: The Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) is based at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York. OHWRC is one of 9 health workforce research centers in the country, but the only one uniquely focused on the oral health workforce. The goal of OHWRC is to provide research on the oral health workforce to assist in future health workforce planning.

Pew Charitable TrustsThe Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

Santa Fe Group: The Santa Fe Group is a 501(c) (3), action-oriented think tank with a passion to improve lives through oral health. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Santa Fe Group has been instrumental as a neutral convener, communicator, connector and catalyst to move the needle on critical issues such as oral cancer, dental education reform, children’s oral health, improved primary care access, the importance of linking medical and dental health systems, and most recently, expanding oral healthcare for our nation’s seniors.

Stoeckle Center for Primary Care at Massachusetts General HospitalThe John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation is devoted to revitalizing and redesigning the delivery of primary care. To support its mission to test innovative solutions and improve the delivery of primary care, the Stoeckle Center works to support the Crimson Care Collaborative.

UMass Chan Medical School: Advancing the health and wellness of our diverse communities throughout Massachusetts and across the world by leading and innovating in education, research, health care delivery and public service.