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SOHiO Strengthing Oral Health in Ohio

The Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) is one of five national recipients of a grant award from The DentaQuest Foundation, “Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net Initiative”. The DentaQuest Foundation is working to increase the oral health expertise and capacity of community health centers at the national, state and community levels so these centers are prepared to care for the growing numbers of people seeking care at health centers. The “Strengthening Oral Health in Ohio” project, (SOHiO) will build capacity to support oral health practices for safety net providers in Ohio through strategic partnerships and statewide collaboration.

“Oral health is vitally important to overall health and wellness. This grant allows Community Health Centers to continue in its role of patient center medical homes – offering complete primary and preventive care,” said OACHC President and CEO Randy Runyon.
 

 The four grant priorities of the DentaQuest Foundation will be the backbone of the SOHiO project and OACHC will incorporate these four priorities through two crucial strategies; leadership engagement and the promotion of interprofessional collaboration and education. These two targeted strategies will act as the roadmap for the grant year and enable OACHC to hire a full time oral health manager who will strive to elevate the importance of oral health as a key quality initiative for the association. The manager will guide activities that will lead to increased comprehension, the adoption of oral health integration into the medical home and support dental practice clinical, financial and operational sustainability. OACHC plans to build upon the technical assistance recommendations from Safety Net Solutions that a portion of health centers in Ohio have benefitted from.  This knowledge will be spread across the membership through leadership engagement, the convening of a statewide oral health summit, learning opportunities and varied communication efforts. 

“When healthcare reform goes into effect in 2014, nearly every child in the U.S. will have access to dental care, many for the first time,” said Ralph Fuccillo, DentaQuest Foundation President. “The DentaQuest Foundation is concerned that the oral health safety net in its current state will not be able to handle the volume of new individuals seeking care. The Strengthening the Oral Safety Net Initiative is an investment in the preservation and growth of existing and new programs for a stronger safety net.”

OACHC sees this opportunity as the beginning of a journey toward what will position health centers to strengthen and enhance their dental programs making them providers of choice and move Ohio forward to be a leader in oral health.

Early Childhood Oral Health Program

OACHC, with support from the Anthem Foundation of Ohio, is pleased that you have chosen to participate in the Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) Initiative. This quality improvement project will build upon the lessons learned and best practices developed through the participation of Ohio's health centers in the Health Disparities Collaborative (HDC). The HDC models will be utilized as the framework to implement the ECOH Initiative and to spread and sustain this oral health improvement effort statewide.

 The goals of the program include:

  • The establishment of dental homes and regular dental care for children by 1 year of age.
  • The establishment of oral health screenings, caries risk assessments, fluoride varnish applications and caregiver/guardian education/anticipatory guidance as components of the expected standard of care provided during routine well-child and minor illness primary care visits within participating Community Health Centers. The intent is to spread the initiative to all Ohio health centers.
  • An increase in the number of general dentists providing care to pediatric patients.
  • A significant reduction in the incidence of oral health problems among children under 36 months of age over the course of the initiative.

 

Please contact Susan Lawson, Oral Health Program Manager at slawson@ohiochc.org or 614-884-3101 ex 228.
 

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