AAFP Supports Integration of Oral Health Into Primary Care!

Good news! The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has joined a growing list of healthcare and dental professionals and public health and advocacy organizations in supporting the integration of oral health in primary care.


The model for integration, called the Oral Health Delivery Framework, was first described in the Qualis Health White Paper, entitled "Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care." It describes the simple fiive step process that primary care teams can undertake to develop closer relations with dental colleagues and deliver preventative oral health care as a routine component of medical care.


The AAFP has issued a press release expressing its support that also calls on family physicians to join the growing momentum of professional colleagues using the model in order to take action and eradicate oral disease.


The AAFP joins an impressive list of white paper endorsers, including:

  • American Academy of Nursing
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association of College of Nursing
  • American Association for Community Dental Programs
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry
  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • American Public Health Association – Oral Health Section
  • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
  • Association for State and Territorial Dental Directors
  • Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Network for Oral Health Access
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • National Rural Health Association
  • Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
  • Physician Assistant Education Association


For a short introduction to the white paper, please check out our All 4 Oral Health blog post!