This is the online storehouse of downloadable resources available from the NIIOH. If you have a digital asset that you feel could be of use to the NIIOH’s mission, or questions about existing assets, please contact us.

  • November 15, 2012,

    Press Release Download - Seattle - (November 15, 2012) – Physician assistant (PA) educators from across the country attended the 2012 Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) Annual Forum in Seattle. A special feature of this year’s forum was a pre-conference session from November 6-7 that stimulated PA educators to view health in a new light...

  • November 4, 2012,

    Oral Health Integration in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Environment:
    Case Studies from Community Health Centers

    This article advances the case for bringing oral health into the realm of the PCMH by featuring four community health centers where changes have been made that address the opportunity for prevention and the interplay
    between oral diseases and other systemic conditions so as to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. The underlying report on which this article is based was commissioned by the Funders Oral Health Policy Group, with additional funding from the REACH Healthcare Foundation.  Click the title to download the article.

  • October 31, 2012,

    This document presents findings from an exploratory evaluation of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, specifically regarding its push for primary care education systems to teach oral health and adopt an interprofessional culture around oral health. The Interprofessional Initiative is still in the early stages of implementation. Although its curriculum is well-established, its system-level change strategies are still evolving. This formative evaluation, assessing both the process of the initiative’s work and its early outcomes, is intended to inform ongoing program development and support decisions about the future of the Interprofessional Initiative.

  • October 14, 2012,

    The media clipbook highlights media attention given to the ADA Endorsement of the Smiles for Life Press Release.

  • July 17, 2012,

    In the course of doing work across and within the primary care professions, The Interprofessional Initiative has engaged multiple individuals from the Dentistry, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Physician Assistants, and Nursing professions.  These individuals may have attended one of the Oral Health Summits in 2010 or2011, may have attended a Faculty Development Workshop sponsored by Nursing or the PA profession, may be a member of the Smiles for Life Steering Committee, the STFM Group on Oral Health or the National Oral Health Nursing Workgroup.

  • VIDEO Joining the Fight for Oral Health (NCCPA Foundation)
    February 22, 2012,

    Oral disease has been a hidden threat to our overall health and wellbeing for decades. Its important to have a focus on oral issues, because oral problems (gum disease, dental decay) are preventable. This is a chronic disease that we haven't fully paid attention to for a long time.  And, there is something everyone on the health team can do in the fight for good oral health. 

    This video, produced by NCCPA, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, in association the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, shares the perspectives of primary care professionals who regularly include oral health in patient evaluations.

    See video
  • VIDEO Expanding Access to Oral Health Care: Nurses Make a Difference (New York University College of Nursing)
    February 17, 2012,

    Nursing is key in the move to improve access to oral health services. There are 3.1 million nurses in the United States. If every nurse took up the cause of oral health, there would be that many more eyes and ears on the issue and that can make an extraordinary difference in screening, intervention and the total health of the body and the person.  Nurses can change the playing field in terms of access, opening up a new world of possibilities for oral health.

    New York University College of Nursing is incorporating the Smiles for Life curriculum throughout the nursing program--in the classrooms, simulation labs, seminar discussions and the continuing education of the practicing clinician.

    Nursing & Oral Health - NYU College
  • January 15, 2012,

    Each month, Medical Home News asks a panel of industry experts to discuss a topic of interest to the medical home community. To suggest a topic, write to

  • March 14, 2011,

    The theory of change underpinning the activities of NIIOH is that if primary care clinicians learn how to protect and promote oral health and prevent dental disease as part of their medical education and training experience, they would, as practitioners, be in a position to counsel patients about their role in protecting their oral health, spot early signs of disease, reverse and/or arrest disease in process, and refer patients needing dental treatment to a dentist.

  • January 18, 2011,

    By working to engage medical and dental clinicians in the delivery of preventive oral health services to patients of all ages we believe it is possible to eradicate dental disease. This logic model makes the case for investing in the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health.