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COVID delivered yet another gruesome milestone of over 1 million deaths in the U.S, outstripping the total number of deaths in both World Wars plus the Vietnam and Korean wars. […]
Pneumonia is the most common healthcare-associated infection in the United States with NV-HAP (non-ventilator healthcare-associated pneumonia) estimated to make up 65% of all healthcare-associated pneumonia cases. Modifiable risk factors identified […]
Poor oral health in older adults is a hidden crisis and an overlooked and pressing national concern. Neglected oral health not only affects the quality of life and well-being of […]
Early childhood caries (ECC) is the clinical term for tooth decay that affects children younger than age six. It is the most common disease in young children, especially those from […]
OHNEP’s new Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Interprofessional Oral Health Clinical Experience Guide brings students from different health professions together for a team-building clinical rotation where they learn to more effectively provide whole-person care for […]
The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program is excited to share the second edition of the OHNEP Undergraduate Interprofessional Oral Health Faculty Tool Kit and the third edition of the OHNEP […]
COVID-19 CHALLENGES AND CONSEQUENCES: Omicron takes center stage – complicating policies, guidance, and practices
JANUARY UPDATE (November through December 2021) Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact is—and remains—immense. The way we disseminate information has changed, leapfrogging findings from the traditional peer-reviewed process to rapid dissemination […]
COVID-19 CHALLENGES AND CONSEQUENCES: Significant Improvements, but Infodemic, Mandate Resistance, and Burnout are Still Threats
NOVEMBER UPDATE (September through October 2021) Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in the public’s trust in health care professionals and the health care system itself. The Santa Fe […]
COVID-19: A Catalyst for Engendering Public Trust in Health Care and Building Back a Better Health Profession Response
COVID-19: A Catalyst for Engendering Public Trust in Health Care and Building Back a Better Health Profession Response (COVID-19 Challenges and Consequences: December 2019-January 2021) Authored by Dr. E. Dianne […]
British researchers have found a link between poor oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.
Integrated Healthcare Resources
Improving the health and wellness of all children begins with comprehensive prenatal care and optimal oral health during pregnancy. In 2000, the Surgeon General’s report, Oral Health in America, highlighted […]
Making the Case for Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaboration to Address Rising Rates of HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancers
According to a recent report of the CDC, oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is currently the most common HPV-associated cancer in the United States. Patient awareness about HPV cancer risk remains […]
Clinicians, Dentists, Nurses and Advocacy Group Collaborate to Change Law / Promote Fluoride Varnishing for Children
Starting July 1, certified medical assistants will be allowed to apply fluoride varnish to young children at well-child doctors’ visits, thanks to a collaboration between physicians, dentists, nurses, and a […]
Across numerous medical fields, professionals agree that good oral health is critical to overall health, and an important component of treating or managing many diseases. The Clinical Consensus on Medically […]
Oral Health Equity Resources
The forum in Los Angeles identified not only the significance of collaboration between dentists and physicians in preventing caries, but also the important role community oral health workers could play […]
Common Dreams – Urging Congress to Support Medicare for All, Groups Declare Universal Healthcare “A Racial Justice Necessity”
“Communities of color need a healthcare system that rectifies these long-standing structural biases and challenges. Medicare for All is that system” by Jessica Corbett .
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) released the results of a survey investigating the challenges of oral healthcare in the elderly population. Despite results reporting 93% of respondents ages […]
With multiple “Medicare for All” proposals now in circulation in Congress, coverage for oral health care and dental care should be an integral part of these discussions.
Teeth in Medicare Resources
Addressing the problem of Medicare’s lack of meaningful oral health coverage has long been a focus of the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Over the decades, the Center has assisted beneficiaries […]
Summary of the 2019 Santa Fe Group Salon: Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: The Medicare Paradox
Special Report by The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry on the 2019 Santa Fe Group Salon: Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: The Medicare Paradox
Kaiser Family Foundation Issues Brief on Policy Options for Improving Dental Coverage for People on Medicare
The brief describes five potential ways to strengthen oral healthcare for older adults, with a focus on creating a new dental benefit under Medicare.