• oral health and medical collaboration

    Collaborating to Advance Medical-Dental Integration


Providing support to develop innovative models of education, practice and delivery.

Research demonstrates that the economic benefit of providing oral health care leads to improved quality of life and also reduces overall healthcare costs. 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.


For more information, contact:
Jane Barrow
Executive Director 

Members represent leading Academic and Health Care Organizations:


  • Arrail Dental

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

  • CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

  • Colgate Palmolive Co.

  • Dentsply Sirona

  • Henry Schein, Inc.

  • Pacific Dental Services

  • Philips Oral Healthcare

  • United Concordia Companies

  • UnitedHealthcare

  • Harvard Medical School

  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine

  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of  Public Health



lqThrough its strategic and systematic approach to promoting integration of oral health and medicine, the Initiative is evolving into a national resource that is poised to develop the breakthrough evidence needed to transform the conversation about integration, value, outcomes and a new definition of overall health and well being. We thank our supporters for their collaboration and  vision on this pioneering journey.rq
— Jane Barrow, Executive Director 



With Initiative support, over the last year HSDM has been able to:

  • Procure $3.5 million in HRSA funding to establish a national center for oral health competencies for primary care providers

  • Procure $1.5 million in HRSA funding to serve as a national center to identify and close gaps in care coordination for the vulnerable older adults

  • Establish a national data repository and data science team

  • Engage in a systematic review of existing literature supporting the cost savings associated with combined medical and dental benefits

  • Launch a robust review of national claims data to validate the existing surveys

  • Sponsor and serve on an international working group ICHOM that is collaborating with FDI to develop a global repository of outcome metrics

  • Develop an operations and business plan for an interdisciplinary team-based clinical practice and training center

  • Design a longitudinal study of integration with national collaborators

  • Design a review of oral health literacy study and benefits utilization at a major international employer

  • Host Leadership Forums in 2016, 2018, and 2021