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LSU Health New Orleans Dental and Medical Primary Care Clinic Offers Unique Approach to Total Health

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The Louisiana State University Health New Orleans Schools of Dentistry (LSUSD) and Nursing (LSUSN) have collaborated to open the LSU Health New Orleans Dental and Medical Primary Care Clinic. The clinic, located on the LSUSD campus, offers adults primary care medical and dental services provided by LSU Health New Orleans nurse practitioners and dentists. Patients at the clinic will be checked by a nurse practitioner and a dentist in the same first visit so their total health can be assessed. 

The clinic is an interprofessional clinic. This approach increases students’ knowledge about and understanding of complimentary health disciplines, which significantly benefits patients through improved outcomes.

“As Louisiana’s flagship and most comprehensive health professions university, LSU Health New Orleans has been on the leading edge of this trend in academic health, and we continue to develop and strengthen our singular interprofessional education capabilities in the state,” notes Larry Hollier, M.D., FACS, LSU Health New Orleans Chancellor. “LSU Health New Orleans nursing and dental students and residents will get valuable experience learning to work as an integrated health care team.”

The clinic is funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant to the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing to bring primary care services to underserved areas. “This clinical environment will provide an opportunity to deliver integrated, interprofessional dental and primary care services within a framework of health promotion and disease prevention to address the patient’s oral-systemic health needs,” says Demetrius Porche, D.N.S., APRN, Ph.D., FNP, Dean of LSUSN.

“Interprofessional education [IPE] has become a critical component of the curriculum in all areas of health care,” says Henry A. Gremillion, D.D.S., MAGD, Dean of LSUSD. “The LSU Health Primary Dental and Medical Primary Care Clinic provides a most important expansion of IPE into the interprofessional collaborative care arena, which will certainly have a very positive impact on treatment outcomes."

The LSU Health New Orleans Foundation funded construction of the clinic building, and the clinic is part of the LSU Healthcare Network, the clinic practice of LSU Health New Orleans faculty. “We are proud to be an integral part of this new development in health care for Louisiana,” says Chad Leingang, CPA, President and CEO of the LSU Health New Orleans Foundation.

Release courtesy of Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry

Published on January 13, 2016.

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