Partnership and Growth
Participating MORE Care Rural Primary Care Practices
Throughout the MORE Care Collaborative, the DentaQuest Partnership collaborates with State Offices of Rural Health and local clinical champions to support rural practices as they test strategies to integrate and coordinate oral health care for their patients.
Phase 1 Pilot: The South Carolina Experience
In 2015, the DentaQuest Partnership worked with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health and Medical University of South Carolina to pilot test models of integration of oral health into primary care and build dental care referral networks. 6 rural primary care practices participated in a 12-month learning collaborative to test strategies for optimizing systems in their practices to support the delivery of oral health preventive services and coordinate care to dental providers for treatment.
Phase 2 Pilot: The Pennsylvania and Colorado Expansion
Drawing from the experience and knowledge gained during the Phase 1 Pilot in South Carolina, MORE Care expanded to two new states, partnering with the Colorado Rural Health Center and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health to support 12 rural primary care sites in those states. The goal of Phase 2 will be to further test oral health integration strategies and the development of dental referral networks in new environments of care to determine feasibility, challenges and successes.
The Future of MORE Care
In 2017 and beyond, MORE Care looks to continue testing strategies to integrate and coordinate oral health care in new environments and for new populations. Rural primary care teams that have already successfully integrated oral health into their pediatric population through MORE Care are now testing new strategies to expand their oral health integration efforts to adults with diabetes.