Tuesday National Organization Roundtable Topics (By Invitation Only)
The National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (www.niioh.org) is a foundation-funded, multi-year effort founded in 2009 to ensure all patients have access to oral health services and referrals in the context of primary care. A systems change initiative, NIIOH provides backbone support to a consortium of funders, health professionals and national organizations focused on integrating oral health into primary care education and practice. NIIOH leverages a collective impact approach to engage and align diverse health professionals to work together to bridge the oral health gap in prevention and care. NIIOH strategic activities are organized using four core strategies to cultivate oral health champions, facilitate interprofessional learning and agreement, develop tools and resources that bridge understanding, knowledge and skills to build core oral health clinical competencies and support, connect and align partner efforts to integrate oral health into education and practice of clinicians and others including physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, social workers, and community health workers. NIIOH and its partners advance collaboration using tools and resources to support interprofessional oral health integration including “Smiles for Life,” the free, on-line curriculum for teaching about oral health, now with >1.25 million learners, a downloadable clinical support app, free CE, and new modules for community health workers and the Safety Net Solutions free, online “Implementation Guide to the Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care”, with downloadable tools and resources to promote practice integration and referral networks. This roundtable offers updates on NIIOH partners, tools and activities.