The Resource Library for the Integration of Oral Health and Medicine provides a centralized repository of relevant resources developed by a variety of professions in and around health care. This Library has been developed through the collaboration of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), the Center for the Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH), and the HSDM Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine.

 

Welcoming our Newest Team Member

Our Team

Tien Jiang, DMD, MEd, Instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Michael Chen, DMD23

Betty Ben Dor, DMD25

Recent Publications

Gordon SC, Riedy CA, Stohler CS, Vujicic M. Trends in Scope of Practice for Oral Health Care: Future Transformative Effects. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2022;7 (1_suppl) :31S-39S.Abstract
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER STATEMENT: The results of this study can help key stakeholders, such as health care facilities, educational and research institutions, insurance companies, and governmental bodies, plan future activities and policies on dental practice and education.
Burns R, Keomany J, Okut H, Ablah E, Montgomery H. Preventive Care Utilization among Rural versus Urban Women 12 Months Prior to Pregnancy. Kans J Med. 2022;15 :278-284.Abstract
Introduction: Pregnancy-related mortality in the United States occurs in 32.3 per 100,000 live births. Rural maternal mortality rates were even higher, and these patients were less likely to receive routine care. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to compare primary and prenatal care and health behaviors among perinatal mothers living in rural and urban Kansas. Methods: Data were collected from 1,971 pregnant women who participated in Phase 8 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) for Kansas between 2016 and 2018. Respondent location (urban or rural based on NIH classification) was abstracted from birth certificates and frequencies of healthcare visits and secondary healthcare variables were compared. Results: Most respondents (75.1%, n = 1,481) resided in an urban area. Most (84.4%, n = 1,664) women were Caucasian, and the largest category (31.1%, n = 613) was 25 to 29 years old. More urban women reported visiting an obstetrician/gynecologist within 12 months before pregnancy than rural women (p < 0.0001). Urban women reported attending pre-pregnancy dental visits (p = 0.019) and teeth cleanings (p = 0.004) more than rural women. Of the 35.7% of respondents (n = 516) who reported receiving pre-pregnancy counseling on folic acid, prenatal vitamins, or multivitamins, 78.9% (n = 407) resided in an urban area. Conclusions: Rural women reported fewer routine primary and prenatal care behaviors compared to their urban counterparts. Efforts are needed to improve access to obstetrician/gynecologist services, especially for women in rural areas.
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