AUGUSTA, Maine — Bringing together medical and dental professionals, the Maine Oral Health Coalition (formerly Maine Dental Access Coalition) will host a conference for medical and dental professionals to learn about how they can collaborate to achieve the goals of health care reform. The conference, titled “All One Body: Creating Optimal Health Outcomes, A Symposium for Medical and Dental Health Providers” will be held on Oct. 18, at Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon.
This symposium will teach attendees how to integrate oral health into overall health both in theory and in practice. As health care reform progresses with the goal of the “triple aim” -improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs – it is becoming increasingly important that the professions of medicine and dentistry work effectively together.
“We support the goal of the healthcare reform to change the way care is delivered. With increased access to coverage, we can improve oral health and the overall health of our patients,” said John Luther, DDS, Chief Dental Officer at DentaQuest, who will give the keynote speech. “The Affordable Care Act, pressure to drive down cost, as well as the emergence of electronic health records requires us to integrate services and increase collaboration with our medical counterparts so that all patients receive coordinated, high quality care.”
Attendees will participate in two sessions with the full group and breakout sessions throughout the day:
- “Tools for Integration,” an overview of the components of systems change, including rewards and challenges of Interprofessional training, EHR’s, and health literacy
- “Mouth Matters: What you didn’t learn in school and never had a chance to ask,” a panel discussion with representation from both professions followed by a question and answer session
Breakout sessions will include:
- An overview of “Smiles for Life,” a national curriculum for non-dental providers
- “Oral Human Papilloma Virus Infection (oral manifestations and significance)”
- “Medication Impacts on Oral Health: What Patients Need to Know”
- “Clinical Manifestations of Oral Disease”
- “Oral Health Tools for Non-Dental Providers,” which will discuss practical knowledge to take back to the work setting.