A strong oral health safety net system is vital to meet current and future demand for oral health prevention, education and treatment for underinsured and underserved children and adults. With health care trending towards providing more holistic, person-centered care, federally-qualified health centers, community clinics, and other safety providers are poised to be hubs of innovation in developing and implementing new ways of integrating oral health into primary care. The National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network (NOHIIN) is leading a national movement to unify and empower Primary Care Associations (PCAs) and safety net providers to be champions of oral health as an essential component of good overall health.
NOHIIN serves as a learning collaborative of more than 30 PCAs across the country. This network convenes virtually and in-person throughout the year to highlight challenges and promote best practices for integrating oral health into primary care at the community level. Members receive technical assistance and resources around financing and reimbursement methodologies, internal collaboration, co-location of services, executive leadership engagement, and more.
This collaborative grew out the Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net (SOHSN) partnership. Funded by the DentaQuest Foundation, this initiative engaged partners like the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), supporting their work to strategically build capacity to promote oral health on behalf of safety net providers across the country. At the state and regional level, the DentaQuest Foundation partnered with PCAs to develop oral health leadership in their member community health centers, advocate for safety net oral health needs among policy makers and legislators, and develop programming on behalf of member community health centers that encourages oral health and interprofessional activities across dental and medical programs.
Monthly Oral Health Digest
An Oral Health Digest is sent out monthly to dental directors from member organizations. The digest includes dental articles, resources, and events. If you are interested in receiving the Oral Health Digest, please e-mail Cristina McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org.