Oral Health Care: Begin With A Class Act



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 Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program, the Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty 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, 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.


Learn more about the Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty Toolkit.



“For increasing the interprofessional approach to patient care.”

Awarded by Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP)


Below are examples of quality, effective, successful interprofessional educational tools that OHNEP recommends you use to expand your oral health care skills and incorporate them into your professional practice.


These free and flexible learning tools, provided in partnership with Smiles for Life, are designed for a variety of health care settings. Since OHNEP began in 2011, educational modules like these—studied by nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, physicians, dentists and other health professionals—have led to the launch of more than 105 interprofessional projects to improve oral health in communities in 44 states, with more underway.

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Take one—or more—of these eight curricular modules online or in a classroom setting. Each comprehensive module has an interprofessional focus on how primary care clinicians can enhance their role in the oral health of their patients across all age groups. Each can be tailored for specific clinical or teaching needs.




About 90% of cancer patients develop an oral health problem. This valuable teaching tool provides both the context and the skills to help you assess and prevent oral health problems during and after treatment of your pediatric patients. Much of its content also can be adapted as a teaching tool for general pediatric health care providers.



Learn why and how to identify and treat infant oral health beginning in the neonatal period. Even before the eruption of the first primary tooth, infants are susceptible to bacterial infection and related oral health problems, which impacts their overall health. About 40% of children have tooth decay by age five—making it five times more common than childhood asthma.



Transforming Whole Person Care through Interprofessional Medical-Dental Collaboration Symposium

On September 16 and 17 2016, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, the Colleges of Dentistry and Global Public Health, and the School of Medicine hosted a national symposium entitled Transforming Whole Person Care Through Interprofessional Medical-Dental Collaboration. The conference was generously supported by DentaQuest, the Josiah Macy Jr., Henry Schein Cares, Edward B. Shils, and Pacific Dental Services Foundations, as well as the Colgate Palmolive Company, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Held in the Health Science Corridor and organized and chaired by Judith Haber, the OHNEP executive director, and Daniel Malamud, professor of basic science at the College of Dentistry, the interactive conference hosted 150 thought leaders from diverse health policy, research, education, and clinical practice systems, in a series of engaging keynotes, plenaries, and presentations. The event’s primary goal was to provide a forum for disseminating effective evidence-based national initiatives and models that advance integration of oral health and overall health into emerging person-centered care models. Over the two-day symposium, attendees discussed proposals surrounding education, practice, policy, and guidelines to reach the goal of integrated whole person care. In addition, they examined barriers for advancing this type of interprofessional oral health as a standardized component of clinical education and practice, evaluated research to assess the impact of this kind of integration, and addressed quality and costs models that promote collaboration.


Check out the symposium's website for access to all presentations and recordings at the event: www.transformingwholepersoncare.com