Oral health undeniably is linked to overall general health and oral disease is preventable. In currently configured healthcare delivery systems, oral health has been separated from primary care. In the last 20 years, significant attention and efforts have been directed toward the integration of oral health into primary care practice and the imperative to increase access to quality oral health, to increase early detection and prevention of oral disease, to reduce associated costs of oral disease and impacts on general health, and to improve oral and general health outcomes.
The Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) serves as a national resource for systems-level research on oral health integration into primary care training with special emphasis on training enhancements that will train primary care providers to deliver high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care that promotes oral health, addresses oral health disparities and meets the unique needs of all communities.
Resource Library for the Integration of Oral Health and Medicine
We are excited to launch our Resource Library for the Integration of Oral Health and Medicine which is a centralized repository of more than 200 resources developed by a variety of professions in and around health care. This Library has been developed through the collaboration of the Center for the Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH), the HSDM Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. If you would like to share resources to be added to our library, please submit them to us via email.