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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
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
slide12
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]

For More Information Contact:
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