Title

Integration of Free Medical and Dental Services

Date

5-26-2016 11:00 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Nursing Education (OHSU)

Session Chair

Angie Docherty

Session Chair

Patti Warkentin

Session Title

Nurses in Healthcare Delivery Systems: Process Improvement Projects

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Angie Docherty

Abstract

There is a high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in Linn County, Oregon and many of these cases are undiagnosed. Health screenings are an important way to identify these individuals and prevent the complications that occur when these diseases are left untreated. The aim of this performance improvement project was to identify previously unknown cases of diabetes and hypertension in the Greater Albany Area. Research revealed that health screenings in the dental setting, paired with follow-up by a health navigator, is an evidence based method for identifying chronic disease. In November of 2015 Albany InReach Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany implemented blood pressure and capillary blood glucose screenings of all adult patients who attend their free dental health clinics. Albany InReach Services dedicated a health navigator to follow-up with clients whose screening results were indicative of diabetes or hypertension.

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May 26th, 11:00 AM May 26th, 1:00 PM

Integration of Free Medical and Dental Services

WUC Pacific Room

There is a high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in Linn County, Oregon and many of these cases are undiagnosed. Health screenings are an important way to identify these individuals and prevent the complications that occur when these diseases are left untreated. The aim of this performance improvement project was to identify previously unknown cases of diabetes and hypertension in the Greater Albany Area. Research revealed that health screenings in the dental setting, paired with follow-up by a health navigator, is an evidence based method for identifying chronic disease. In November of 2015 Albany InReach Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany implemented blood pressure and capillary blood glucose screenings of all adult patients who attend their free dental health clinics. Albany InReach Services dedicated a health navigator to follow-up with clients whose screening results were indicative of diabetes or hypertension.