Iowa PCA Receives Grant From Delta Dental of Iowa

February 24, 2023

The Iowa PCA received over $260,000 from Delta Dental of Iowa to support Iowa's community health centers in more effectively integrating oral, medical, and behavioral health.

The Iowa Primary Care Association received a $266,104 System and Capacity Building Grant from Delta Dental of Iowa to support our work as we navigate a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) Solution, OCHIN Epic. Wisdom, an integrated dental health record, is included in Epic, and will allow Iowa’s community health centers to provide patients with comprehensive, integrated care.  

Wisdom is fully integrated in the Epic suite, which supports shared care planning for patients among medical, dental, behavioral health, and other providers. It supports treatment planning and builds on the subset of dental features available in EpicCare Ambulatory, including basic features for periodontal charting and soft tissue exams. By integrating medical and dental information, Wisdom allows for greater care coordination.

Oral health is essential to overall health but often exists in a data silo. This lack of data exchange can make it difficult for community health center providers to understand which patients have access to care, and can impact quality and cost of care, patient and staff satisfaction, and health equity. With the new, integrated system, community health centers will be able to provide comprehensive care to support better patient outcomes.

Read Delta Dental’s full statement.

About Delta Dental’s System and Capacity Building Grants

Through the Foundation’s System and Capacity Building Grants, organizations can receive over $50,000 to support large infrastructure and major system changes related to the overall care of Iowans. Each year, letters of interest are due on March 1 and September 1. Read their recent announcement about 2023 grant opportunities. 

Since 2002, the Foundation has invested more than $56 million to improve the oral and overall health of Iowans through grant programs. Learn more about the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation.