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Wall Street Journal Article: In Hospitals, Pneumonia Is a Lethal Enemy

Pneumonia is the No. 1 hospital-acquired infection in America and hospitals aren’t doing enough to fight it. The best weapon: a toothbrush...

The article highlights several research studies and programs nationally pointing to a significant reduction in hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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Dr. Erin Hartnet receives Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Oncology Nursing Education or Patient/Family Education

NIIOH partner Erin Hartnett, DNP, APRN-BC, CPNP was awarded the 2018 Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Oncology Nursing Education or Patient/Family Education by the Oncology Nursing Society.  

Oral Health Initiatives Help PAs Make a Difference for Patients


Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, NIIOH Oral Health Champion and one of the co-authors for the Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum, was featured in an article for the AAPA Medical Watch. (Click Here for link to article)

2017 Initiative Momentum and Achievements - Annual Report

NIIOH activities over the past year extend across education, policy, research and practice. These efforts contribute and catalyze progress towards the integration of oral health into primary care and other healthcare settings as well as support interprofessional education and professional development in oral health.

Rural Health Leadership Radio: A Conversation with Mark Deutchman


This week we’re having a conversation with Mark Deutchman, M.D., a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Link to Podcast: Click Here

JAAPA Article: Influence of a Free Online Interprofessional Oral Health Curriculum on PA Education and Practice


Glicken, Anita MSW ; Clark, Melinda MD

Article published regarding 2017 AAPA Poster Session presented by Anita Glicken, MSW and Melinda Clark, MD.  The abstract highlights the outcome of a study with two objectives:

- Describe data on PA program use of the Smiles for Life curriculum.

- Describe how the use of the Smiles for Life curriculum affects PA practice.

Where Oral and Behavioral Health Meet

42 Oral health is increasingly becoming a focus of health care providers — including those who specialize in behavioral health. Being able to recognize when a patient has oral health concerns can help shed light on their emotional and physical well-being — and knowing what to do about it can change lives.

On WednesdaySeptember 7, at 1:00 p.m. ET, the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions hosted a webinar to discuss these key topics, with nearly 700 health professionals tuned in to the conversation.

Webinar: Working Together to Promote Oral Health Care for Pregnant Women

Date/Time:  June 3, 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 PM Central Time


The American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a free webinar to discuss the importance of collaboration among health professionals to ensure that the oral health needs of pregnant women are met. This webinar will:

Erin Hartnett named as Program Director for Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program

12 NYU College of Nursing is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Hartnett, DNP, APRN-BC, CPNP, as Program Director for the College of Nursing’s oral health programs, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program funded by the DentaQuest Foundation and the HRSA funded Teaching Oral Systemic Health (TOSH) program.  Dr.

"Give Harnet Kids a Smile" at Columbia University in Lillington, N.C,

Anita Glicken, President of the nccPA Foundation and Consultant to National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health recently attended the “Give Harnett Kids a Smile” event in Lillington, N.C.  It was an interprofessional health event that spanned service and education for students and health professionals in Physician Assistant, Public Health, and Dentistry (with Dental Hygiene and Pharmacy participation). The screening was held at the Harnett County Department of Health Building.  A few of the notable outcomes Anita observed were:

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