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Putting Oral Health Back in the Picture

Dentistry has evolved apart from the rest of health care. The separation is not just in care delivery, financing and education; it is so systemic that the health services research community rarely investigates dental care issues, and many health professions’ leadership programs omit dental care providers. There are important historical reasons for this separation, but in today’s health care landscape the split is increasingly detrimental for the health and well-being of patients. Learn More »

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The Virtual Dental Home: Using Technology and Staffing Innovation to Expand Access to Care


I have always been interested in the boundaries between science and humanity, and health care is a place where those things come together. One of my most important projects is the Virtual Dental Home. Like the medical home, the dental home is a system where care is coordinated to provide the patient with all the services he or she needs to stay healthy. The emphasis is on prevention, health promotion, and education so that patients only get surgery when they need it.

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Leadership in Action: The Role and Impact of the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program’s California Health Improvement Project (CHIP)

Author: Sally Durgan, Angela Marks, Elizabeth Mertz, Sunita Mutha, Cynthia Wides

This report provides an overview of the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program and a summary of results from an assessment of the process and impact of a key component of the program, the California Health Improvement Project (CHIP).