Oral Health Integration Project

Oral Health Integration Project

The Oral Health Integration Project (OHIP) promotes the health of all Massachusetts residents by building a broad-based coalition advocating for the integration of dental and medical care. Given the importance of oral health to overall health, we believe that oral health integration has a critical role in improving health and wellbeing, especially for Massachusetts’ most vulnerable populations.

OHIP is guided by the following principles:

  • Oral health is a crucial part of overall health, and thus medical and dental services should be integrated to improve patient outcomes.
  • Oral health integration is complex and will require a multi-pronged approach including payment and care delivery reform, provider education, and investments in health information technology, among other important strategies.
  • Racial, ethnic and socio-economic disparities in oral health outcomes and access to needed services must be explicitly addressed in the process of integration.
  • Oral health integration should meet the Triple Aim goals of improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing per-capita health care spending.
  • Our agenda is best promoted by a broad-based coalition with representation of a full range of stakeholders including providers, payers, community organizations, consumers, and advocates.

Current objective:

Include oral health and dental services as a requirement of new state standards for Medicaid and commercial Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Given ACOs’ focus on whole-person health, the inclusion of oral health is critical to fully realize the potential of integrated care.

Resources:

 

OHIP Members

1199SEIU United Health Care Worker's East

Action for Boston Community Development, INC

AIDS Action Committee

The ARC of Massachusetts

Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Better Oral Health Massachusetts Coalition

Boston Public Health Commission

BU School of Dental Medicine

Children's Dental Health Project

Community Health Center of Franklin County

Community Servings

DentaQuest

Disability Policy Consortium

Harbor Health Services

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Health Care For All

Health Law Advocates

Health Resources in Action

Hilltown Community Health Center

Forsyth Institute

The Greater Boston Food Bank

Lowell Community Health Center

Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers

Massachusetts Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics

Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association

Massachusetts Public Health Association 

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

Mass League of Community Health Centers

Northampton Survival Center 

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition

North Quabbin Community Coalition

Partners for a Healthier Community

Rosie’s Place

Southeast Asian Coalition

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

United Way of Franklin County

Union of Minority Neighborhoods