The Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI): a successful public-private community health collaboration
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Office of Community Programs
Education, Dental, Graduate; Foundations; Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Massachusetts; *Oral Health; *Public-Private Sector Partnerships; School Dentistry
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventative Medicine | Primary Care
OBJECTIVES: The Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI) aimed to improve access to quality oral health care in central Massachusetts.
METHODS: A broad-based public and private organization partnership with local and national funding created a steering committee to organize school administrators, community leaders, and a medical school to collaborate on five goals: advocate for changes in oral health policy, increase oral health care access, provide school-based dental services for underserved children, establish a Dental General Practice Residency, and educate medical professionals about oral health.
RESULTS: A state legislative Oral Health Caucus helped secure sought-after policy improvements; more regional dentists now accept Medicaid; community health center capacity to provide dental services was expanded; school-based programs were designed and delivered needed dental services; a dental residency was created; and methods of educating medical professionals were established.
CONCLUSIONS: Significant sustainable gains in oral health care access were created through our multifaceted approach, ongoing evaluation and communication, coordination of CMOHI partner resources, and collaboration with other involved parties.
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Citation: J Public Health Dent. 2010 Fall;70(4):308-12. Link to article on publisher's site