The overall objective of the Oral Health Care Initiative is to develop and implement innovative models of dental care, with the goal to increase access to quality oral health services, serving HIV+ and underserved populations in both urban and rural settings nationally. Moreover, to improve, expand and sustain access to quality oral health care services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Goals of the Center
The Center provides technical assistance and training to the 15 Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) oral health demonstration sites in order to facilitate the successful implementation of the programs.
Due to the diversity of the sites, the breadth of the technical assistance needs vary widely. However, the ECHO team, which includes both leaders in the field of HIV & oral health and program evaluation, will provide support on a range of clinical and programmatic issues.
Assistance will be provided in developing outreach strategies for client recruitment; improving the capacity of medical providers to detect oral health needs and make referrals; improving linkages with the continuum of HIV care; implementing oral health clinical policies and procedures; recruiting and training dentists to participate in HIV oral health care and implement HIV oral health patient education materials and interventions.
In collaboration with the SPNS sites, the Center will conduct a multi-site evaluation, working with the sites to collect data to answer key research questions (identified below).
The Center will also describe the process of implementation of the grantees’ interventions with a focus on clinical, programmatic and structural issues addressed by the demonstration sites. Focused evaluation studies involving sub-groups of demonstration sites will also be conducted.
Research & Dissemination
ECHO • c/o Health & Disability Working Group • BU School of Public Health • 374 Congress Street • Suite 502 Boston, MA 02210 • (617) 426-4447