What is the One Hundred Million Mouths project?
The Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) is committed to evolving the oral health curriculum in every health profession school/program in the U.S. (medical, osteopathic, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, midwifery, obstetrical, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, med-peds, geriatrics). We feel that if we can create an Oral Health Education Champion in every state, then we can support that Champion in reaching out to health profession schools/programs in their state and engaging them to improve their oral health teaching. As those students and residents graduate and care for patients, they will improve the oral health of 100 million patients!
Who are we?
CIPCOH serves as a national resource to consolidate the evidence base for systems-level oral health integration into primary care training. We were created through a cooperative agreement with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding and are in Year 5 of that grant. CIPCOH envisions the role of integrative training and practice leading to cost-effective, patient-centered, and improved patient outcomes within the delivery of primary care.
Who is an ideal candidate?
We are looking for someone with a passion for health education from one of 6 states to begin with - Alabama, Delaware, Hawai’i, Iowa, Missouri, and Tennessee. The ideal candidate may be a nurse practitioner, a family doctor, a midwife or from any of the health professions we are trying to engage (see above). They should have experience with health education and hold an academic faculty position. They don’t necessarily have to have a lot of knowledge about oral health, but be ready to learn more.
What will an oral health champion be expected to do?
As an Oral Health Education Champion you will learn how to engage health profession schools and programs on the topic of oral health and work with these same schools/programs in your state to increase oral health teaching. We will provide a comprehensive curriculum in engaging Deans and Program Directors, existing oral health curriculum and evaluation, and provide ongoing technical support.
Is travel required?
No. Due to COVID-19, the training and support will be virtual.
How much time will be needed?
The total time commitment is around 50 hours from November 2020 to June 2021 [6 -7 hours a month/average]. The training will occur over 2 half days followed by monthly hour-long check ins and a longer meeting at the end of the year. We expect champions to attend the monthly check ins to report on your planning and engagement efforts.
What is the cost?
There is no cost to become an Oral Health Education Champion. The training and support are FREE.
What are the incentives?
We will provide a one-time $4000 stipend to one Champion in each of the six states. We will also provide up to $1000 in miscellaneous supplies/costs per state as well as all of the training and support above. Plus, you will be one of the first state champions of a 50-state movement!
Will there be reportable goals?
By the end of the year you will be expected to engage with 3 health profession schools or programs in your state and begin to evolve their curriculum to include more oral health teaching.