Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices: A Workshop

When: December 6, 2018 (9:00 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Public Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Roundtable on Health Literacy
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Medical and oral health care systems in the United States operate in parallel—if not separate—universes. They typically have different education systems, national and state policies, financing mechanisms, clinic locations, and professional organizations. Often people are required to make the necessary connection between medical and dental care on their own without support from either system. The complexity of this task is further exacerbated by low health literacy in both realms. Improving health literacy offers a way forward to promoting the integration of oral and general health care and providing high-quality, coordinated, patient-centered care for the whole patient.

The Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene a workshop on December 6, 2018 on integrating oral and general health through health literacy practices. This workshop is the culmination of the work of the roundtable’s oral health collaborative. The roundtable convened its first oral health workshop in 2012 and established the oral health collaborative in 2015.

This workshop will include the presentation of the commissioned paper “Integrating Oral Health, Primary Care, and Health Literacy: Considerations for Health Professional Practice, Education, and Policy.”

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