IOH Toolkit

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What’s Inside

Chapter 1. Introducing the Innovations in Oral Health (IOH) Toolkit acquaints you with the Innovations in Oral Health (IOH) initiative at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences . The chapter outlines the reasons for creating this toolkit, guidelines for its use, the philosophy and methodology behind the toolkit, and the steps for building a sustainable program so that you can create lasting change around interprofessional oral health education at your institution.

Chapter 2. Are You Ready? guides you in assessing readiness at your institution. Are your faculty members open to interprofessional education (IPE)? Do they have collaborative skills? What do they know about oral health? How do they feel about oral health integration? This chapter will help you determine a manageable scope for your oral health integration project and the best way to get your program off the ground.

Chapter 3. Create Awareness and Secure Support, describes the steps for launching a campaign that engages major stakeholders and rallies colleagues and students around oral health integration. This chapter outlines a five-phase community engagement process that includes identifying and engaging leaders, connecting with stakeholders and creating a shared vision, educating colleagues and students about oral health integration, cultivating grass-roots awareness efforts, and securing support from partners.

Chapter 4. Faculty Development presents instructor’s guides for two workshops designed to help you educate faculty about oral health care and oral health integration. These workshops combine online courses with hands-on classroom learning to provide you with flexible, affordable, and effective educational options.

Chapter 5. Simulation Learning is the first of four curriculum-based chapters designed to help you engage students and educate them about interprofessional care and oral health integration. This chapter relies on simulation learning, an innovative and flexible technique that immerses students in real-world scenarios. You’ll find instructor’s guides that use photographs, models, and role-playing to allow interprofessional groups of students to acquire basic oral health competencies while they practice working as a team with other professionals.

Chapter 6. Case-Based Learning offers two case-based didactic learning sessions that introduce students to interprofessional, team-based oral health care. These sessions acquaint students with the roles and responsibilities of other health professionals and include case studies, instructor’s guides, and discussion questions. One session is ideal for pre-licensure health sciences students with no clinical training.

Chapter 7. Service-Learning links academic instruction to real-world practice. This chapter will guide you through the process of creating a service-learning program for your students—from developing community partnerships to integrating service-learning assignments into course syllabi, assignments, grading policies, and more.

Chapter 8. Cooperative Education is the last curricular chapter in the toolkit. It outlines the steps required to create meaningful, semester-long immersion experiences for your students. You’ll learn about building community partnerships, how to create student learning objectives and job descriptions, and how to develop educational programming and methods of evaluation.

Web-Based Resources. This list will guide you to additional resources on oral health and interprofessional education.

The Innovations in Oral Health Toolkit was made possible with funding from the DentaQuest Foundation. The DentaQuest Foundation is committed to optimal oral health for all Americans through its support of prevention and access to affordable care, and through its partnerships with funders, policymakers and community leaders. For more information, please visit

First Published: 11/2015
Last updated: 05/2016