Oral Health and Dr. Kim

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Not long ago, I sent a letter to President Kim at Dartmouth College. In it, I asked him to consider the importance of oral health care delivery during the creation of Dartmouth’s new Center for Health Care Delivery Science. What is health care delivery science? The website for the Center states that health care delivery science “picks up where basic, clinical and evaluative science leaves off: it studies how we bring best practices of care to every patient, every time.”

In my letter, I mention that “my work at Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF) has enabled me to interact with a variety of professionals, from nurses and social workers to dentists and community health professionals. These interactions, alongside my own research into the current state of oral health in this country (particularly oral health among Vermont and New Hampshire residents) has underscored the immense importance of oral health to an individual’s total health. In the spirit of Dartmouth’s commitment to improving the quality of medical care and health services delivery, I would like to pass along to you my hope that researchers at the new Center for Health Care Delivery Science consider the need for effective, safe and patient-centered health delivery in all of health’s varied forms.

One of the guiding principles of my work at OHF has been that oral health should not be separated from overall health. I hope that under your leadership Dartmouth’s health services and delivery research agenda commits itself to a similarly integrative vision.”

Dr. Kim responded by assuring me that once Dr. Albert Mulley assumes his post as director of the new Center on Nov. 15, Dr. Kim and his colleague Dan Lee would begin reviewing recommendations such as my own.

Stay tuned for future updates on this effort…

Vanessa Hurley

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