Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty Toolkit for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Midwifery Programs
The Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty Toolkit is based on the IPEC Competencies, the NONPF Core Competencies and the HRSA interprofessional oral health core competencies delineated in the Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice report (2014). Developed by the OHNEP program, the Toolkit is an innovative, web-based, open source product intended to facilitate the integration of oral-systemic health content and clinical competencies into nurse practitioner and midwifery curricula.
The Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty Toolkit is organized by program and describes how to “weave” evidence-based oral-systemic health content, teaching-learning strategies, and clinical experiences into pediatric, family, adult-gerontology, acute care, women’s health, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and midwifery programs.
The Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty Toolkit can serve as a starting point for faculty, clinicians, and organizations as they work to play a leadership role in building interprofessional oral health workforce capacity to improve oral health access, decrease oral health disparities, improve oral health and overall health outcomes, prepare for accreditation, and enhance the health of the communities they serve.
How to Begin
Read Putting the Mouth Back In the Head: HEENT to HEENOT (Haber at al., 2015) to begin understanding the importance of including the oral examination as an integral part of every patient assessment.
Identify Oral Health Champions who can advocate for the necessity of including oral health as a standard component of education and clinical practice to others
Implement faculty & preceptor development workshops where Oral Health Champions can teach other educators & instructors how to assess, manage, educate and refer patients for dental treatment. See: NYU College of Nursing’s Master’s Program Oral Health Preceptor Recognition Breakfast and Professional Development Day
Pick and choose assignments from the pertinent curricular template (PNP, FNP, AGNP, AGACNP, PMHNP or midwifery) that fit in with your existing course content, thereby "weaving" oral health into the curriculum. For example, you can seamlessly include assignments on the oral implications of diabets into your lecture on diabetes!
Changing the status quo always requires effort, but, step-by-step, we can begin to change clinical practice! As always, the OHNEP leaders and staff are available to answer any questions you may have on integrating oral health into education using the Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty Toolkit. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Anna Vasilyeva, MPH, Program Coordinator), email@example.com (Judith Haber, Executive Director) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Erin Hartnett, Executive Director).
- Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum
- Healthy People 2020 Module: Oral Health Across the Lifespan
- HRSA Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice (2014)
- IPEC Competencies: Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (2011)
- IOM Reports (2011), Advancing Oral Health in America and Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations
- Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement
- Faculty Interprofessional Education (IPE) Facilitation Guide
- Teaching-Oral Systemic Health (TOSH) Program
- Haber, J., Hartnett E., Hallas D., Dorsen, C., Lange-Kessler J., Lloyd, M., Thomas E., Wholihan D. (2015). Putting the Mouth Back in the Head: HEENT to HEENOT. American Journal of Public Health.
- Haber, J. (2014). Building a Culture of Collaboration: Interprofessional Education and Practice. Journal of Academy of Distinguished Educators. 2(1):12-14
- Haber, J., Spielman, A. I., Wolff, M., & Shelley, D. (2014). Interprofessional Education Between Dentistry and Nursing: The NYU Experience. Journal of California Dental Association, 42(1).
- Kancelbaum, B . (2014). Oral Health Clerkship Shows Nursing, Dental, and Medical Students the Others’ Perspectives. NYU Nursing. Fall 2014 issue.
- Kancelbaum, B. (2014). Preparing to Work Together: Interprofessional Learning Experience. NYU Nursing. Spring 2014 issue.
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