The “Improving Oral Health Across the Lifespan” (IOHAL) Program will implement state policies, systems, and environmental changes through the already established Oral Health Coalition and county inclusive strategies in the pilot region of southern Passaic County. This initiative employs the Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) model (figure 1). This model developed by the CDC’s Disability and Health Promotion promotes disability inclusion strategies and makes healthy living easier for all people across community sectors (e.g., school, worksite, health care) where they may live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care. Also, the initiative will develop an interdisciplinary oral health care management curriculum for medical and dental providers, utilizing The Chronic Care Model (Figure 2), developed by the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovations to improve outcomes for patients.

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