Medical, Oral Health and Behavioral Health Integration
Whole person, whole body wellness is important to help community health center patients improve the quality of their lives. Historically, a patient’s oral health and behavioral health needs were treated in separate appointments with little or no communication with the patient’s primary care physician. When a patient chooses a medical home and when their care is patient-centered, then all of their health conditions (medical, oral health and behavioral health) are evaluated and treated collaboratively with other health care providers. When a patient’s medical, oral health and behavioral health needs are fully integrated, both health outcomes and patient satisfaction improve. TACHC is acutely aware of this need and seeks to provide integrated care messaging in all of its clinical programming, webcasts and conferences.