About OHNEP

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 DentaQuest 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.

 

 

Leadership

The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) initiative led by Project 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 Co-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 and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing where she is the academic leader for 12 Master’s Programs, including five Nurse Practitioner Programs, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.  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, APRN-BC, CPNP


 

Erin Hartnett, DNP, APRN-BC, CPNP is the Program Director for the College of Nursing’s oral health programs, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program funded by the DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation and Connecticut Health Foundation and the HRSA funded Teaching Oral Systemic Health (TOSH) program. Dr. Hartnett is a pediatric nurse practitioner with extensive clinical experience in pediatric primary care, adolescent medicine and breastfeeding. Most recently, Dr. Hartnett specialized in pediatric neuro-oncology at NYU Hassenfeld Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders. In addition to caring for children who were currently being treated for brain tumors, she coordinated the Late Effects Program for pediatric brain tumor survivors and the oncology clinical rotation in the NYU pediatric dental residency program. Her collaboration with the dental residents increased her awareness of both the acute and late effects of cancer treatment on the children's’ oral health which led to her DNP capstone “Integrating Preventive Dental Care in Pediatric Oncology”. Dr. Hartnett recently received a national 2012 DNP Capstone Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the 2012 New York Times Nurse Innovator Award and the 2012 NYU Advanced Practice Award.
 

Anna Vasilyeva, MPH


 

Anna Vasilyeva, MPH, is the OHNEP Project Coordinator. Anna received her Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University and her Bachelor's degree in Biology from New York University. Her primary interests are environmental determinants of health and public health policy. Prior to joining OHNEP, Anna worked in healthcare communications and medical affairs where she helped to develop campaigns and programs that drive disease education and awareness, as well as strategies to inform drug development in a variety of healthcare fields, including neurology, respiratory, oncology and women's health. She also worked at the NYU School of Medicine as a lab manager of a leukemia/lymphoma laboratory.

 

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