Health services research conducted at HSDM focuses on creating national models for integrated, inter-professional care in clinical practice that incorporates oral health in overall health. Examples include:
The Harvard School of Dental Medicine Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine which convenes academics and leaders in the health care community to develop exciting and innovative ideas around the integration of oral health and primary care. Activities undertaken by the Initiative include research, policy statements, conferences and seminars.
The Nurse Practitioner-Dentist (NPD) Model for Primary Care, a partnership with Northeastern University School of Nursing, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), focused on integrating primary care services in an academic dental practice. The program brings Northeastern University nurse practitioner students into the Harvard Dental Center’s Teaching Practices clinic to work side-by-side with HSDM students providing comprehensive healthcare services to patients.
The Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) which 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.
The National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, a training and technical assistance Center that provides innovative and culturally competent models of care, inter-professional training and educational resources, and technical assistance to health care professionals providing care to an increasingly vulnerable population: older adults.