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Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices

Proceedings of a Workshop

; Editors: Alexis Wojtowicz, Rapporteur and Steve Olson, Rapporteur.

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-49348-2ISBN-10: 0-309-49348-X

Oral health care and medical health care both seek to maintain and enhance human health and well-being. Yet, dentistry and primary care in the United States are largely separated and isolated from each other. Each has its own siloed systems for education, service delivery, financing, and policy oversight. The result has been duplication of effort, a cultural gap between the two professions, and lost opportunities for productive collaboration and better health. On December 6, 2018, in Washington, DC, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop titled Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.


This activity was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and AbbVie Inc.; American Association for Dental Research; American Dental Association; American Dental Education Association; Bristol-Myers Squibb; California Dental Association; East Bay Community Foundation (Kaiser Permanente); Eli Lilly and Company; Health Literacy Media; Health Literacy Partners; Health Resources and Services Administration (HHSH25034011T); Institute for Healthcare Advancement; Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; National Library of Medicine; Northwell Health; Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (HHSP23337043); Pfizer Inc.; and UnitedHealth Group. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Integrating oral and general health through health literacy practices: Proceedings of a workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi:

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Copyright 2019 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Bookshelf ID: NBK544961PMID: 31393688DOI: 10.17226/25468


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