Qualis Health Publishes Comprehensive Guide for Integrating Oral Health in Primary Care

Practical, proven tools now available to accelerate adoption by primary care teams.

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Qualis Health, one of the nation’s leading population health care management organizations, has published a comprehensive guide with tools to help primary care teams integrate oral health in order to deliver whole-person care and improve patient outcomes. 

The Oral Health Integration Implementation Guide provides an action plan to implement screening for oral health risk factors and active disease, initiate appropriate preventive interventions, and coordinate dental care for those with active disease. The guide:

  • Provides a practical, tool-rich resource, filled with sample workflows, case examples, and sustainability strategies
  • Presents a framework of five actions primary care teams can take to protect and promote oral health
  • Offers a practical model for enhancing partnerships between primary care and dentistry
  • Explores challenges encountered by field-testing sites and solutions they developed

Aligned with AACOM’s mission to support interprofessional collaboration, and consistent with its endorsement for the Oral Health Integration in Primary Care Project, the Association supports and recognizes the Oral Health Integration Implementation Guide as a valuable resource.

“As a founding member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), AACOM commends Qualis Health and partners for investing in research and development of high-quality tools, and for providing an actionable guide to further make collaborative, patient-centered, interprofessional health care teams a highly functioning reality,” said AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH.

The Oral Health Integration Implementation Guide includes 22 tools and seven case examples developed in partnership with 19 field-testing sites over the last 20 months. Access the free guide in the Interprofessional Education and Faculty Development sections of the AACOM website.