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Integration of the Dental Services Program

State: TX Type: Promising Practice Year: 2019

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Denton County Public Health Department
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Integration of the Dental Services Program

The Denton County Public Health Department is located in Denton County, Texas and is home to more than 800,000 individuals with numerous organizations and agencies that come together to collectively address areas of concern for the well-being of Denton County. Demographics of the population served include 60% of non-Hispanic white, 19% Hispanic, 10% non-Hispanic African Amerian, 9% Asian, and the remainer American Indian or other Pacific Islander.

While Denton County was recently ranked first out of Texas counties graded for health outcomes, data specific to dental services is limited. This public health issue is being tackled by various efforts on the local, state and national levels. Challenges and barriers exist when integrating oral health into overall health.  

Main goals and objectives of the practice, Integration of the Dental Services Program were based on Denton County Public Health SWOT Analysis, results of a collaborative County-wide Community Health Assessment (CHA), and were guided by the collaborative county-wide Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Integration of the Dental Services Program was implemented systematically by undertaking activities internally within the Denton County Public Health Department and subsequently externally within the Denton County community.

Successful transition to electronic dental health records including a digital acquisition x-ray system and integration into the electronic medical health records was achieved. Baseline data was collected and analyzed and subsequently contributed to the successful development and identification of key performance indicators of the dental services program along with the development and implementation of a quality improvement project. Collaborations with community stakeholders were fostered and developed. Overall, the integration of the dental services program has and continues to contribute to improving the health of Denton County residents.

Yes, all objectives were met and continue to expand.

Guided by the essential services of public health, supported by the various systematic and thorough processes to develop the aforementioned CHA and CHIP for the community, and the commitment of the Denton County Public Health Department efforts to integrate the dental services program led to the success of this practice.

Integrating oral health into overall health as identified by the Surgeon General and continues to be a challenge however by starting small and taking action internally and then externally, the Denton County Public Health Department and the residents of Denton County are benefiting from the various components of this practice.

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The Integration of the Dental Services Program is an innovative practice in that it is tailored to meet the needs of the workforce of the Denton County Public Health Department by fostering interprofessional collaboration internally and externally within the community.

While Denton County was recently ranked first out of Texas counties graded for health outcomes, data specific to dental services is limited. This public health issue is being tackled by various efforts on the local, state and national levels. Challenges and barriers exist when integrating oral health into overall health.  Dental providers and medical providers face challenges serving a shared population of patients. Access to Care issues extend from medical concerns to dental concerns as captured from the community and identified in the CHA and CHIP.

The target population size is the entire county of residents, which is more than 800,000.

The percentage reached is challenging to identify. In the past, baseline oral health data has never been collected, key performance indicators for the dental services program were not clearly identified and tracked, and integration into the electronic medical record was not undertaken.

The Integration of the Dental Services Program is innovative because the transition to electronic dental records and the integration into the electronic medical records continues to be a challenge but was successfully accomplished. Enhancing the technology utilized by providers has aided in helping connect oral health to overall general health.

Training was received on the evidence based Basic Screening Survey (BSS) methodology established by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and is considered a best practice approach. This methodology was utilized in collecting baseline oral health data of the population served through the dental services program.

Main goals and objectives of the practice, Integration of the Dental Services Program were based on Denton County Public Health SWOT Analysis, results of a collaborative County-wide Community Health Assessment (CHA), and were guided by the collaborative county-wide Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Integration of the Dental Services Program was implemented systematically by undertaking activities internally within the Denton County Public Health Department and subsequently externally within the Denton County community.

Successful transition to electronic dental health records including a digital acquisition x-ray system and integration into the electronic medical health records was achieved. Baseline data was collected and analyzed and subsequently contributed to the successful development and identification of key performance indicators of the dental services program along with the development and implementation of a quality improvement project.

Collaborations with community stakeholders were fostered and developed. Overall, the integration of the dental services program has and continues to contribute to improving the health of Denton County residents.

Yes, all objectives were met and continue to expand.

No additional funding was required.

Main goals and objectives of the practice, Integration of the Dental Services Program were based on Denton County Public Health SWOT Analysis, results of a collaborative County-wide Community Health Assessment (CHA), and were guided by the collaborative county-wide Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Integration of the Dental Services Program was implemented systematically by undertaking activities internally within the Denton County Public Health Department and subsequently externally within the Denton County community.

Successful transition to electronic dental health records including a digital acquisition x-ray system and integration into the electronic medical health records was achieved. Baseline data was collected and analyzed and subsequently contributed to the successful development and identification of key performance indicators of the dental services program along with the development and implementation of a quality improvement project. Collaborations with community stakeholders were fostered and developed. Overall, the integration of the dental services program has and continues to contribute to improving the health of Denton County residents.

Yes, all objectives were met and continue to expand.

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Integration of oral health into overall general health is a collaborative effort and takes the entire community to be successful.

The dental services program will continue to operatve within the Denton County Public Health Department and will continue to expand to meet the needs of the community.

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