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2013 Minnesota
Oral Health Summit

Coming Together: Integrating Oral Health and Total Health

2013 Minnesota Oral Health Summit Report (PDF: 1.16MB/11 pages)

Please direct any questions about Summit presentations to the presenters.

Nelson Rhodus, DMD, MPH

The Relationship of Oral Health to Total Health

Dr. Rhodus is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in the Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is the recipient of many awards, including "Professor of the Year" for thirteen consecutive years and the "Outstanding Clinician Award" five times from three different state dental associations. He has received numerous research grants and has published over one hundred seventy scientific papers and abstracts.

Integration in Practice: Patient-centered Care

Integrated Provider Education and Community-based Learning

Speakers: Suzanne M. Beatty, DDS; Dental Hygiene Programs Coordinator, Metropolitan State University; Deborah Mathias-Anderson, MS, RN, CNE, Faculty Member, School of Nursing, Metropolitan State University

Ensuring the next wave of oral and general health care providers value the benefits of integrating services for patient care starts with the teachings of higher education programs. Participants will hear how Metropolitan State University’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Department implemented an inter-professional, community-based model to educate nursing and dental hygiene licensed advanced dental therapy students in providing patients with integrated services and exposing students to the benefits of interdisciplinary delivery models.

School-based Health Integration: The Healthy Learner Model

Speaker: Mary Heiman, MS, RN, CNS, Nursing Service Manager for Minneapolis Public School Nurse and President of School Nurse Organization of Minnesota

School nurses play a vital role in providing health care to children while in school, yet ensuring that critical medical information gets communicated to school nurses is continual struggle. Learn about the "Healthy Learner Model," a model developed Minneapolis Public Schools, and how it has opened doors to communication among families, medical providers, and school nurses to ensure children stay healthy and don't miss school.

Integrating Oral Health into Pediatric Care

Speakers: JoAnne M. Wolf, RHIT, CPC, CEMC, Coding Manager, Children's Physician Network

Integrating dental care into a health system may seem a daunting task, but Children’s Physicians Network (CPN), an 11-county pediatric provider network comprised of more than 175 primary care providers, is succeeding in such a systems change. CPN has integrated oral disease prevention into its Child and Teen Checkups to provide well-rounded health care. Now medical providers are performing basic oral assessments, applying fluoride varnish to patients, and making patient referrals to a dental home for ongoing oral health care.

Policy, Systems & Environmental Change

The Health Care Home Model

Speaker: Marie Maes-Voreis, RN, MA; Director of Health Care Homes, Minnesota Department of Health

Learn what a “Health Care Home” model is and how this relatively new approach to health care is impacting health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations. Gain a greater awareness of how patient-centered care works, along with practical tips on how to integrate a more holistic approach to your own practice or work.

Reducing Sugary Drink Consumption: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Speaker: Julie Ralston Aoki, JD; Public Health Law Center

Changing environmental frameworks to improve health outcomes is a key strategy for public health. Who we are, where we live (or work or play), what resources are available to us—all these factors impact our ability to lead healthy lives. Health care facilities play an important role in promoting healthy choices, both as medical providers and as community thought-leaders. Learn how a growing number of hospitals and health care facilities are addressing the over-consumption of sugary drinks that affects both oral health and total health.

Bridging Barriers, Improving Cultural Competency and Building Health Literacy

Speaker: Joan Cleary, M.M., Executive Director-Interim, Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance

Community Health Workers (CHWs) improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations by reducing health disparities related to a variety of factors including cultural and language barriers. Learn how CHWs foster trust and better communication between providers and patients by increasing providers' cultural competency and patients' health literacy. To support the integration of CHWs into oral health and other care delivery organizations, participants will also hear about Medical Assistance payment available to enrolled providers for health education services provided by trained CHWs.

Technology Solutions for Health Integration

The Latest Technology Tools for Health Integration

Speaker: Mark Jurkovich, DDS, Northstar Health Analytics

Improving patient care through Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other technology solutions is finally taking hold in Minnesota. Learn how EHRs are making inroads in dentistry and how “mobile health” is now outpacing “tele-health” by arming providers with the newest digital technologies to reach rural populations in need of fundamental dental and primary care.

Capstone address: How HealthPartners is using Technology to Integrate Oral Health with Overall Health

Speaker: David Gesko, DDS; Dental Director, HealthPartners Dental Group

Providing integrated health care is highly dependent on integrated health records so that all providers have access to the same patient information. Learn how HealthPartners is working to integrate technology to support better care for patients, especially those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes by investigating and designing systems-level changes.

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Updated Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 09:24AM