Oral/Dental Medical Integration
Bob Russell, DDS, MPH, MPA, CPM, Public Health Dental Director, State of Iowa, Department of Public Health, Des Moines

Oral care is critical to overall health and wellness. The integration of oral care as a value concept in today’s population healthcare transformation environment is a growing conversation among providers and communities. Examples of oral-dental providers as collaborative population health players will be given and the importance of the integration of oral care identified. This presentation aligns with the Iowa Care Coordination Statewide Strategy objective 2 – “Enhance cross system collaboration across healthcare settings and services.”

  • Define data regarding dental/oral status, cost, and workforce.
  • Discuss national and state engagement in medical integration and care coordination.
  • Summarize Iowa oral-dental initiatives, challenges and celebrations.