Northeastern and Harvard are combining dentistry and primary care
Boston Magazine - 01/20/2016
If you had pneumonia, you probably wouldn’t attribute it to tooth plaque. But Northeastern University and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine want you to start thinking that way.
The two schools are joining forces to launch the Nurse Practitioner-Dentist Model for Primary Care, inspired by the belief that oral health should be part of routine medical care. The idea of integrating dentistry and primary care has been in circulation for years, but Northeastern and Harvard are bringing it straight to the clinic with the help of $1.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.
Through the program, Northeastern nurse practitioner students and Harvard dental students will provide holistic medical care to underserved populations, namely the elderly, in one of Harvard’s dental clinics, the goal being to help individuals get the care they need while teaching medical students how to balance the two disciplines. Patients will have the opportunity to have both a physical examination and a dental visit, all during the same appointment.