Anita Glicken, MSW
National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health

Anita Duhl Glicken MSW, associate dean and professor emerita, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, now serves as Executive Director of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) providing support to a national movement to integrate oral health into primary care. Prior leadership roles include President of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and President/CEO of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation. In 2009, Ms. Glicken launched the PA Leadership Initiative on Oral Health, a model systems change strategy that engages national organization leaders to work together to integrate oral health across education and practice.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Since the release of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General in 2000, primary care educators and clinicians have been encouraged to embed interprofessional Oral Health (OH) competencies across education programs. Since 2006, PA national organizations and OH champions have worked to ready the PA workforce for interprofessional OH practice. The current study, a partnership between the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) and the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH), provides a longitudinal perspective on OH integration in PA…
In 2000, the Surgeon General’s landmark report on ‘Oral Health in America’ prompted a sense of urgency for primary care education to increase provider understanding, skills, and ownership of oral health (OH) care. Primary care clinicians including physicians, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, and dental professionals are now working to embed oral health and interprofessional practice competencies across their education programs. The ultimate goal is to equip the health care workforce with the knowledge and skills required by new integrated holistic healthcare models to include oral health. The…