Oral Health

Improving the oral health of communities is one of the most daunting challenges facing the health care system.

OCH partners with Arcora Foundation to address oral health disparities, increase education, and improve access to dental care in the Olympic region.

Purpose

The purpose of this work is to facilitate integration of dental health care with primary care, behavioral health care, and substance use disorder treatment by leveraging existing partnerships between providers and forming new connections between providers in the Olympic region.

 

Addressing Disparity

Access to oral health care is crucial for general well-being, especially among children. OCH's work with Arcora Foundation seeks to increase access to dental care throughout the Olympic region, with particular emphasis on children from under-served communities.

 

Approach

OCH is facilitating alignment with multiple state efforts to improve access to oral health services for the Medicaid population. Change Plans encourage primary care providers to screen for oral health needs and engage with oral health provider. OCH also works to expand dental care through capital campaign projects. 

Regional Success:

Expansion of three new dental clinics across all Natural Communities of Care.