Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health

                                 


About Us

The Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) was established in July 2016 through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration as one of six national centers supported by the Academic Units for Primary Care Training Enhancement (AU-PCTE) program.

CIPCOH is a joint endeavor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (UMMFMCH) and Harvard University Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine (HMS/HSDM), and the HMS Center for Primary Care (CPC), in partnership with MCPHS University (formerly the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), and State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Mission
CIPCOH serves as a national resource to consolidate the evidence for systems-level oral health integration into primary care training.

Vision
CIPCOH envisions the role of integrative training and practice leading to cost-effective, patient-centered, and improved patient outcomes within the delivery of primary care.

CIPCOH will contribute to the improvement of primary care practice and patient outcomes through:

  • conducting systems-level research on primary care training
  • disseminating information, best practices and resources
  • recommending and promoting primary care training enhancements
  • developing 'community of practice' plans that mobilize stakeholders to integrate oral health into primary care training and delivery


Personnel 

The UMass CIPCOH team includes: 

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH
Co-Principal Investigator and Site PI
Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Hugh Silk serves as the Co-Principal Investigator (and Site PI). Dr. Silk is a family physician in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His longstanding advocacy for integrating oral health into family medicine practice led to his work on From The First Tooth, responsible for the promotion of oral health into medical education curriculum and primary care practice. (READ MORE)

Judith Savageau, MPH
Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Ms. Judith Savageau serves as an Investigator as well as an epidemiologist and biostatistician. Ms. Savageau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also serves as an Evaluator in the Research and Evaluation Unit of the university’s Center for Health Policy and Research. (READ MORE)

Gail A. Sawosik, MBA
Project Coordinator: Kidsteps II: Promoting School Readiness Through Social-Emotional Skill Building in Preschool
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Gail Sawosik is currently project coordinator for the Kidsteps II project. She has worked as a project coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for eleven years. Her work has focused on depression in primary care, chronic pain management, and health literacy. (READ MORE)

Kate Sullivan, BA
Kate is a research coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She serves in an coordinator role for the CIPCOH leading the survey administration and data collection efforts.

Lorna Chiasson
Lorna has provided administrative assistance and grant support for over 15 years in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health including the Vice Chair of Research

Links
Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (official site)
 June 2017 UMMS profile about Professor Hugh Silk