Closing the Divide: Integrating Medical and Dental Health Care

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Parents Hall, Olmsted Center

2875 University Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50311

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Join us on Friday, November 15, 2019, to discuss the importance of dentistry and medicine working more collaboratively.

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Join The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement for our upcoming conference, “Closing the Divide: Integrating medical and dental health care” to learn more about effective strategies and inter-professional approaches to provide quality care for your patients.

We know that oral health is critical to overall health; however, the current model for health care is not set up to support collaboration between oral health and primary care. The Institute of Medicine and others have proposed integrating oral health into primary care as a way to expand access to recommended treatments and promote better health overall. This integration is starting to occur through new approaches to training for both dental and medical providers, promotion of team-based care, and development of medical treatments for oral health problems.

Join presenters that will share ideas and successful practices from across the United States, including keynote speaker Dr. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Harvard University. Plus, this is a great opportunity to network with your peers. The conference will include lunch and a social-networking event immediately following the final presentation.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AOA Category 2-A credit, and nursing contact hours.

Register now and check back for more information as we get closer to the event!

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Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309

Event Agenda

8:00 am Registration

9:00 am Conference opening

9:20 -10:20 am Opening Keynote Speaker: Statement of the challenge

  • Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine and Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

10:20 -11:45 am Overcoming our History: the challenges of integration panel

  • Kamyar Nasseh, PhD, Health Economist, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Association
  • Bob Russell, DDS, MPH, MPA, CPM, FACD, Dental Director & Bureau Chief, Oral and Health Delivery Systems Bureau, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Aaron Todd, MPP, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Association of Iowa

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking

1:00 - 2:15 pm Iowa-based Innovation presentations

2:15 - 2:30 pm A Path Forward: recommendations for future direction panel

  • Amanda DeLandsheer, MHSE, Project Director, Altarum
  • Jane Barrow, MS, executive director of the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, associate dean for Global and Community Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, Co-Principal Investigator and Site PI for Center for Integration ofPrimary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH), Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • J. Michael Metts DO FAAP, FACOP Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics Des Moines University, Cavity Free Iowa physician representative

4:00 pm Closing

4:00 - 5:00 pm Networking reception


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Continuing Education Credit information

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and The Harkin Institute at Drake University. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 5.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurses: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  

EDUCATIONAL GRANTS: No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 

DISCLOSURE: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Continuing Education Credit Information from Iowa Dental Board

  • The course has been submitted to the Iowa Dental Board and determination on CE is pending.


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2875 University Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50311

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