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
“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.
courtesy of Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry
Published on January 13, 2016.