In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General's Report, Oral Health in America, served as a call to action for all health professions to play a role in reducing the burden of oral disease in America. Over a decade later, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports, Advancing Oral Health in America and Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, reinforced the importance of oral health and highlighted the centrality of the nursing profession in improving oral health outcomes.One of the IOM recommendations was to invest in "workforce innovations to improve oral health that focus on core competency development, education and training, to allow for the use of all health care professionals in oral health care". The IOM Committee's vision for oral health care in the United States, "everyone has access to quality oral health care across the life cycle", is perfectly aligned with the New York University College of Nursing's Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) initiative.

The OHNEP program is part of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) (www.niioh.org). NIIOH is a national effort to increase oral health in education and practice of primary care clinicians, jointly funded by the CareQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and the REACH Healthcare Foundation. As the Nursing “arm” of the NIIOH, OHNEP leaders are prominent nationally in nursing and interprofessional circles, addressing the opportunity for the nursing profession to be a “new partner in prevention” along with other oral health champions from Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Physician Assistant and the Dental Profession.




The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) initiative is led by Executive Director, Judith Haber, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at NYU College of Nursing, and Project Director, Erin Hartnett, DNP, APRN-BC, CPNP.


Judith Haber, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

Dr. Judith Haber is the Executive Director of a national nursing oral health initiative, The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program funded by the DentaQuest, Washington State Dental, and Connecticut Health Foundations. She is also the Principal Investigator of the HRSA funded Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) Program whose goal is to develop a model curriculum to promote an interprofessional, team-based approach to oral-systemic health promotion and disease prevention in primary care settings. She has played a leadership role in promoting an interprofessional oral health agenda at NYUCN and NYUCD. Dr. Haber is the Co-Chair of the NYU Interprofessional Research, Education, and Practice Steering Committee. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) and was a member of the HRSA Expert Panel developing Core Interprofessional Oral Health Competencies for Primary Care Providers.  Dr. Haber has presented and published widely on oral health issues.

Over past 30 years, Dr. Haber has been leading undergraduate and graduate nursing education programs. A significant component of her academic leadership role has been anticipation of educational and health care trends, creating linkages for faculty that promote excitement and stakeholder “buy in” and acquiring the resources that bring an exciting idea to fruition through related faculty and program development, thereby setting the stage for effective program implementation, and evaluation.

Dr. Haber is currently The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing. She is also the leader of two NYUCN nurse managed centers, both nurse practitioner managed primary care practices, one is an innovative primary care practice located at the College of Dentistry the aim of which is to increase access to seamless oral and systemic primary care for underserved populations. The other is a unique urban school-based health initiative featuring a mobile health van, Feeling Good in Your Neighborhood, that provides primary care services and health literacy programming to recent immigrant and underserved adolescents in Brooklyn, NY.



Erin Hartnett, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, FAAN


Dr. Erin Hartnett, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP is the Program Director for the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing’s oral health programs: Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) and Teaching Oral Systemic Health (TOSH). Dr. Hartnett received a BSN from Georgetown University, an MS in Nursing Education from Wagner College, an MSN/PNP from Seton Hall University, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (2011) from NYU and is currently completing a Masters in Irish Studies at NYU.

Dr. Hartnett has developed a national interprofessional oral health nursing curriculum and has coordinated many oral health interprofessional experiences with NYU Nursing, Medical and Dental schools. She has developed oral health education programs for the National League of Nursing and the Nurse Family Partnership and has published many articles on oral health.

Dr. Hartnett is a pediatric nurse practitioner. She specialized in pediatric neuro-oncology at NYU Hassenfeld Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders where she initiated and coordinates the pediatric oncology dental program. Dr. Hartnett received the national 2012 DNP Capstone Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the 2012 New York Times Nurse Innovator Award and the 2012 NYU Medical Center Advanced Practice Award for this program. She has received the 2017 Georgetown University Outstanding Alumna Award for her work in Interprofessional Education, the 2018 Oncology Nursing Society Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Oncology Nursing Education, and the 2019 Edge Runner Award from the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Hartnett has been appointed a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.



Jessamin E. Cipollina, MA


Jessamin Cipollina, MA, is the OHNEP Assistant Director. Jessamin received her Master of Arts degree in Human Development and Social Intervention from New York University, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Art from Pace University. In her time with OHNEP, she has contributed to several peer-reviewed publications on interprofessional education and oral health integration. She has also presented widely on oral-systemic issues and health equity. She previously worked as the Research Coordinator for the Center on Violence and Recovery at NYU where she had the opportunity to lead a team of researchers in carrying out qualitative research projects for NSF and NIJ funded studies. She was also the Project Coordinator for the Transgender Identity Formation Study being conducted in NYU's Department of Applied Psychology at Steinhardt where she had the opportunity to engage in qualitative thematic and grounded theory research and analysis. Jessamin's primary interests include conducting research within health sciences to develop and improve education, practice and policy. Her professional background reflects many diverse research interests including interprofessional education, violence and trauma, LGBTQIA+ identity and issues, and mental health awareness.


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