Oral health is an important part of overall health. It can reflect health or disease that may be present in the rest of the body. In addition, oral health complications can worsen health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The impacts of poor oral health can contribute to chronic pain, missed school days, and inappropriate use of emergency departments.
The Oregon Health Authority is working to achieve better health, better care and lower costs for all Oregonians. Oregon’s health system transformation efforts have focused on preventive care, treating the whole person and care coordination among providers. Oral health is a key part of this equation, and OHA is working to ensure good oral health for all Oregonians.
Reports and resources
An environmental scan was conducted of local and national efforts toward oral health integration, including extensive interviews to assess current transformation efforts. The report below includes recommendations for strategic approaches to further integration, and the oral health toolkit includes resources for supporting oral health integration in Oregon.
To see all OHA oral health initiatives, see the Oral Health Policy page
Technical assistance opportunities
Webinars and other technical assistance opportunities will be posted here as they become available.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Krois at Lisa.R.Krois@state.or.us