This week Matt chats with Michelle Gross-Panico, DHSc, RDH, Manager of the Community Oral Health Department at Dignity Health in Arizona for the first of a two-part episode on medical-dental integration in the state. Matt and Michelle discuss the many aspects of how oral health is woven into the Dignity Health model and her vision for the future of integration and the profession.
- Live From The ADHA 2021 Conference
- Michelle’s Background
- Michelle’s Current Role
- Arizona Dental Hygiene Association
- Importance of Advocacy
“When working clinical I realized those 4 walls could not hold me.”
“They said come be the manager for the dental clinic you started years ago.”
“We provide screenings and fluoride varnish for children and expecting mothers.”
“Through that community needs assessment they found that there are needs for oral health care.”
“I am very passionate about the work of advocacy.”
“A lot of change can happen when you change policy.”
“You don’t have to shovel sunshine in Arizona.”
“Identify the population you want to serve first, and then look for organizations that serve that population.”
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