Academic and Community Partnerships: Increasing Access Through Collaborative Care

Joseph F. West, Roderick K. King

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Access to quality dental care for many adults and children remains a serious concern. Many communities throughout the U.S. are at great disadvantage for preventive care and treatment due to payment concerns, location and types of providers, and poor communication between dental providers and primary care professionals. Voids in shared technology and information also persist. Integrating primary care with oral health can boost both preventive care and interventions focused on increasing efficacy and efficiency between dental and primary care professionals in addressing the onset and duration of disease. Academic and community partnerships can help increase access to care and bring together the dental and medical communities for better integration and care coordination. Academic and community partnerships promote the sharing of information, facilitate provision of basic diagnostic services, and bring the bidirectional flow of knowledge, training, and skills to one another in a systematic and sustained manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S23-S27
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019


  • access to health care
  • collaborative care
  • health care disparities
  • interprofessional education
  • interprofessional practice
  • oral-systemic health
  • patients
  • primary care
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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