On Friday, August 21st seven rural primary care practices in South Carolina who were previously selected to participate in a learning collaborative focused on integration of oral health into primary care attended their first learning session at the South Carolina Office of Rural Health in Lexington, South Carolina. At Learning Session 1, each of the participating teams was provided with the tools and guidance to begin testing strategies to integrate oral health primary and secondary prevention into their pediatric (age 0-12) and adult diabetic patient populations. The learning session focused on oral health risk assessments and oral health anticipatory guidance/patient education, as well as how to apply quality improvement principles to their work.
Throughout the next 3 months, teams will begin testing oral health risk assessment tools and transforming practice operations to track oral health data and referrals. The teams will be supported during this “action period” with one-on-one assistance from Quality Improvement Coaches as well as monthly webinars and group calls. The teams will meet again in December for a second learning session. The primary care teams as well as collaborative faculty and staff left Learning Session 1 energized and enthusiastic to begin integrating oral health into the rural primary care practice.
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