Oral Health

Oral Health is Integral to Overall Health

AACHC supports the integration of oral health into comprehensive primary care and is engaged in numerous initiatives to improve oral health for all Arizonans. Arizona health centers meet a critical need by providing oral health services to more than 113,000 patients across the state at nearly 50 clinic locations. To support the efforts of our member health centers to provide comprehensive oral health services, AACHC convenes a Dental Peer Networking Committee comprised of dental directors, dental program managers and other health center team members involved in dental operations. For more information about our DPNC, contact Da-Nell Pedersen at danellp@aachc.org.

Oral Health Initiatives

Driving Transformation in the Oral Health Safety Net: AACHC has been working to develop a framework for measuring oral health quality and integration at a state level to demonstrate the value of oral health services being provided in health centers across the state through funding provided by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement’s Driving Transformation in the Safety Net Initiative. Developing this framework is crucial to furthering Arizona’s capacity to support medical-dental integration, new models of person-centered care and value-based transformation. AACHC completed a state-level environmental scan of current oral health and integration measurement capacity in health centers and is also in the process of partnering with one health center to carry out an in-depth case study on their oral health measurement infrastructure.

Community Oral Health Transformation (COrHT) Initiative: AACHC is partnering with the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement on the COrHT Initiative, which seeks to provide a supportive and engaging learning community for dental professionals as they transform care delivery using the Three Domain Framework for oral health. The three focus areas of the Three Domain Framework include tele-prevention, minimally invasive care, and integrated and personalized care.

Rocky Mountain Network for Oral Health Integration (RoMoNOH): RoMoNOH is a five-year project funded through a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources Service Administration. The project is focused on integrating oral health into well-child visits among 30 health centers across Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.  The target population for this project is pregnant women and children 0-40 months. Contact Lorraine Ramirez for more information: LorraineR@aachc.org.

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AACHC Dental Peer Networking Committee

Oral Health Resources 

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