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Collaborative Partnerships to Achieve Oral Health Objectives. Kimberly R. Dehler, MS DDS September 30, 2010. Overview. Cabarrus County history of collaboration Regional collaborative activities Additional local oral health initiatives. 1997-2000. Cabarrus Health Alliance created

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Collaborative partnerships to achieve oral health objectives

Collaborative Partnerships to Achieve Oral Health Objectives

Kimberly R. Dehler, MS DDS

September 30, 2010


Overview

Overview

  • Cabarrus County history of collaboration

  • Regional collaborative activities

  • Additional local oral health initiatives


1997 2000

1997-2000

  • Cabarrus Health Alliance created

  • Community Needs Assessment by Healthy Cabarrus

    • Dental prioritized

    • Dental Task Force established

  • Smart Start Grant

  • Fixed Clinic Opened (3 chairs)

    • Cannon Foundation


2001 2003

2001 - 2003

  • Public Health Hygienist funded by CHA and Smart Start

  • Decay rate surveillance with NC OHS

  • Increased follow up and referral of children

  • Pediatric dentist established practice

  • Clinic expanded to 6 chairs

    • Cannon Foundation

  • Expanded service population to age18


2004 2008

Healthy Cabarrus Community Needs Assessment

Lack of dental care still a top issue

Hospital ER dental volume

Dental clinic expansion to 12 chairs funded by hospital and Cannon

2004 - 2008


Intra agency collaborations

Intra Agency Collaborations

  • Pediatrics

    • Dental home referrals

    • Direct referral / same day access

  • Maternity

    • Referrals for routine and urgent

    • Centering Pregnancy

  • School nurses

  • WIC

  • Ryan White


Regional collaborative opportunities

Regional Collaborative Opportunities


What are public health incubators

What are Public Health Incubators?

  • Voluntary groups of local public health agencies leveraging resources for regional collaboration to accomplish shared goals

    • Improve service delivery

    • Increase sharing of resources

    • Foster innovation


Why incubators

Why “Incubators?”

  • Borrowed from a business concept, ‘incubating’ new ideas

  • Incubators focus on innovation

  • Regional partnerships aim to solve common public health problems with new approaches


Sppph dental focus group 2006 present

Initiated by SPPPH Finance Focus Group

Endorsed by SPPPH Health Directors

7 of 11 health departments of the SPPPH

Goals

Identify dental program operational issues

Share resources

Develop best practices

SPPPH Dental Focus Group2006 - present


Collaborative partnerships to achieve oral health objectives

SPPPH Top 10 Issues

  • Lack of Standardized Policies and Procedures for Dental Programs

  • Staff Recruitment

  • Financial Issues

  • Lack of Oral Health Awareness

  • Need for Specialty Referral

  • Need for Maximal Utilization of Public Health Hygienists

  • Patient Service Policies

  • Staff Compensation and Benefits

  • Continuity of Care between Providers

  • Need for Interdisciplinary Communication to Solve Common Problems


2006 present

2006 - present

  • Meet monthly and expanded to include

    NW PPH dental programs

  • Share policy manuals, consents, etc.

  • Funded a dental clinic efficiency study for 5 counties

  • Identified barriers and best practices

  • 3 of the 5 SPPPH counties showed increases in production 7-25% in first 6 months


Additional oral health initiatives

Additional Oral Health Initiatives

  • HWTF Oral Health Initiative

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation-Safety Net Solutions

  • NC Head Start-AAPD Dental Home Initiative


For more information contact

http://nciph.sph.unc.edu/incubator/index.htm

Kimberly R. Dehler, MS,DDS

Dental Director

Cabarrus Health Alliance

(704) 920-1092

[email protected]

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