Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices: Proceedings of a Workshop


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Oral health care and medical health care both seek to maintain and enhance human health and well-being. Yet, oral care and primary care in the United States are largely separated and isolated from each other. On December 6, 2018, in Washington, DC, the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop that featured invited presentations and discussion on the ways in which health literacy principles and practices can facilitate the integration of oral and general health. The workshop also provided an opportunity to build on the commissioned paper and on the roundtable’s previous efforts related to oral health.