In partnership with the Colorado Rural Health Center, 3 rural health clinics gathered in Colorado Springs, CO last month to get started on MORE Care: Colorado. Much like our work in caries management, the Institute seeks early adopters who want to improve care delivery and brings them together, using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Model (BTS), to focus on robust change. And what an exciting group we have in Colorado! These teams came ready. Dr. Mark Deutchman, Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Rural Track at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Bill Bailey, Delta Dental Endowed Chair in ECC Prevention at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, and Annie Gibbs, from Cavity Free at Three talked about why integrating oral health prevention into primary care is vital to all, but especially those living in rural communities. MORE Care looks to fill this need; and so after hearing from these experts “why” this is important, clinics worked on how they will work to address this need, starting with pediatrics, and learned about how to use improvement principles to know if what they are doing is making a difference.
Pictured here is Dr. Deutchman, standing, with CO Rural Health Center staff and a clinic team from Eads Medical Center working with a childhood favorite, Mr. Potato Head, to reinforce the concept of trying something many already know how to do but in an efficient and effective way that makes sense to them – local reinvention at its best.