Communicating the value proposition of integration and the economic imperative of oral health.
Studying how integration of oral health impacts individuals, populations and health systems.
According to the Institute of Medicine, striking disparities exist in oral health care availability. Vulnerable populations facing greater barriers to attaining oral health care include racial and ethnic minorities, the financially disadvantaged, children, pregnant women, rural dwellers, older adults, the uninsured, the homeless, and people with disabilities.
HSDM faculty are collaborating with interprofessional faculty at Harvard and elsewhere to study how integration of oral health impacts individuals, populations and health systems. We believe that this work will drive health systems change by creating the evidence base needed to successfully advocate for integration of oral health care and benefits.
ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH
An Initiative Health Policy Fellow will educate and champion the benefits of integration.
We have created an Initiative Health Policy Fellowship in an effort to educate and champion the benefits of integration. The Fellow collaborates closely with the Pew Charitable Trust, Health Care for All, Community Catalyst and others to promote oral health issues and to better understand the evidence needed to support advocacy work. Our fellows, faculty and students publish a number of articles and op-eds, and have been quoted in newspapers and on the radio advocating for improved integration.
Bringing together thought leaders and influencers from academia, health care and business who can advocate for integration and systems change.
The 2016 Leadership Forum, themed “Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth is 2.0” featured speakers, panelists and discussion around the idea of connecting oral health to overall health to achieve better patient outcomes and lower costs. The forum looked at integration from all angles — its effect on health in the workplace, in a clinical setting and as a public policy issue.
The next Leadership Forum will take place in the fall of 2018.