Interprofessional Practice (IPP) White Paper
This white paper was prepared to support the combined efforts of the DentaQuest Institute, the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, the Medical University of South Carolina, the Colorado Rural Health Center, and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, who share the interest of improving the health of rural communities in the United States. The information contained in this document has been compiled during the last two years as collective findings of the Medical Oral Expanded Care (MORE Care) Initiative involving twenty-one Rural Health Clinics and fifteen rural dental care partners located in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The purpose of MORE Care is to create interprofessional oral health networks (producing integrated care pathways between medicine and dentistry) and serve as a vehicle/component for adopting system change in the rural environment.
This document was developed to provide insight into the main factors affecting the initiation of interprofessional oral health practice observed during the early phases of MORE Care and offer insight into the needs of Rural Health Clinics and rural dental care teams as they undertook the creation of interprofessional oral health networks (IPOHNs).