Closing the Divide: Integrating Medical & Dental Health Care
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Medical and dental healthcare professionals.
Join The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement for our upcoming conference, “Closing the Divide: Integrating medical and dental health care” to learn more about effective strategies and inter-professional approaches to provide quality care for your patients.
We know that oral health is critical to overall health; however, the current model for health care is not set up to support collaboration between oral health and primary care. The Institute of Medicine and others have proposed integrating oral health into primary care as a way to expand access to recommended treatments and promote better health overall. This integration is starting to occur through new approaches to training for both dental and medical providers, promotion of team-based care, and development of medical treatments for oral health problems.
Join presenters that will share ideas and successful practices from across the United States, including keynote speaker Dr. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Harvard University. Plus, this is a great opportunity to network with your peers. The conference will include lunch and a social-networking event immediately following the final presentation.
Since the founding of dental schools as institutions distinct from medical schools, dentistry—its practice, service delivery, and insurance coverage, for example—and dental care have been kept separate from medical care in the United States. This separation is most detrimental to undeserved groups at highest risk for poor oral health. As awareness grows of the important links between oral and general health, physicians and dentists are collaborating to develop innovative service delivery and payment models that can reintegrate oral health care into medical care.
Oral health affects a person’s overall health, income, and quality of life. Yet, the dental care delivery system remains divorced from the rest of the health care system. The notion of dentistry as a field separate from medicine is a historical phenomenon that has been reinforced through legislation, education, and service delivery. This division places an undue burden of dental disease on the most vulnerable Americans who face barriers to accessing dental care.
As the importance of oral health is increasingly recognized and practice patterns evolve to integrate oral health care into general health care, future generations of physicians and dentists can assume innovative oral health leadership roles. Medical and dental education will need to address the distinct needs of these future clinicians.
Interprofessional education—beyond providing future professionals with specific clinical skills—presents promising opportunities to re-envision oral and general health care. The importance of preparing for team-based practice is reflected in accreditation requirements for nursing, medical, and dental education, all of which mandate inclusion of interprofessional experiences during training. Dentists and physicians trained in the importance of integrating oral health into our conceptions of overall health can be powerful advocates for eliminating barriers to such integration; some of the most important barriers to address include a lack of interoperable electronic health records, differing reimbursement structures, and persistent health disparities. Interprofessional education models lead to knowledge sharing, improved understanding and communication and, most importantly, better patient care.
As awareness of inequality in access to oral health and its importance in overall health grows, dentists, physicians, and other health professionals have begun to take up the mantle of oral health integration. Such efforts can take the form of novel insurance structures, practice models, or other innovations. Above all, both dental and medical education will play critical roles in preparing future practitioners for these changes. Working and training together, trainees in medicine and dentistry can unify oral and general health care.
Keynote Address: Statement of the Challenge
Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine and Walter C. Guralnick; Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Overcoming our History: The Challenges of Integration
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A Path Forward: Recommendations for Future Direction
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At the southwest edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go east around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 west for about seven miles and exit on Exit 6 for 31st Street toward Historic Site/Terrace Hill. Turn right (north) onto 31st Street. Follow the road for one-half mile, then turn right (east) onto University Avenue. Travel a couple blocks on University Avenue until you reach Drake’s campus.
Continuing Education Credit
- MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and The Harkin Institute at Drake University. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 5.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
- Nurses: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
- Other Healthcare Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.
- 5.00 AOA Category 2A
- 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 5.00 IBON
- 5.00 CE Contact Hour(s)