Academic Partnership Brings Chairside, NP-Led Primary Care to the Dental Office

The Nurse Practitioner–Dentist Model for Primary Care (NPD Model) will bring nurse practitioner (NP) and dental students together to provide chairside primary care to the Harvard Dental Center Teaching Practices. A $1.2 million cooperative agreement awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will fund the three-year effort to determine the effectiveness of integrated oral health and primary care delivery while helping students develop interprofessional collaborative practice competencies.

Working side by side with their dental student peers, NP students will be taking blood pressure readings, testing blood sugar levels, asking patients about their chronic conditions and working with the dental students to educate patients on how to improve their oral and overall health. Patients over the age of 65, 20% of whom lack a primary care provider, will also be offered an annual wellness visit that will evaluate them for such risks as falls, cognitive impairment and depression; offer counseling on weight management, tobacco use and other aspects of wellness; and provide referrals for additional medical care and community services as needed.

32 Million

An influx of 32 million Americans having health insurance for the first time is expected to impact the U.S. health care system, and warrants the development and testing of new collaborative models of care.

117 Million

As of 2012, about half of all adults, estimated at 117 million people, had one or more chronic health conditions and 1 of 4 adults had two or more chronic health conditions.

23.1 Million

An estimated 23.1 million Americans report visiting a dental provider and not a primary care provider in the same year.

Team

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Dr. Maria Dolce

Principal Investigator

Dr. John Da Silva

Co-Principal Investigator

Jessica Parker

Program Director

Chantelle Marshall

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Christine Riedy

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Lisa Simon

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

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