Spread Learning Models to the Broader Safety Net
CareQuest Institute has a long and deep commitment to supporting the broad integration of oral health into primary care within the safety net. Through historic grantmaking initiatives and programs such as Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net (SOHSN), the National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network, and MORE Care, we have sought to demonstrate the unique and powerful role that the safety net can play in advancing oral health value-based care. In more recent years, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CareQuest Institute launched the Community Oral Health Transformation (COrHT) Initiative which now serves as a learning community for the implementation of medical-dental integration and value-based oral health care. The COrHT Initiative brings together stakeholders that believe healthy people and healthy communities are interconnected, oral diseases are systemic, and a transformation of health care is necessary for quality of life.
At the same time, there is variation in the degree to which any state’s policy and regulatory environment acts as a catalyst for care that is focused on value, rather than volume. Our hope is that deeper capacity within the safety net, testing and refinement of new models of integrated person-centered care, and increased opportunities for strategic leverage across states will advance a new framework for innovating oral health care. The Institute is particularly interested in opportunities to work within states or areas that have historically had less structural support, knowledge, and willpower to advance new models of care and build oral health infrastructure that is conducive for health transformation.
Connection to Social Determinants of Health
Our interest is to elevate partners and communities that represent new and historically underrepresented voices in health transformation.
The Institute is also interested in efforts that may not be explicitly related to oral health, but rather take an intersectional approach (social determinants of health, political drivers of health, social risk factors, etc.). In addition to showing a connection to an engaged community and interest in advancing policy through advocacy, for opportunities that are not explicitly related to oral health, applicants will need to clearly demonstrate a connection to improved oral health.