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IHI and WHI Advancing Oral Health for Older Adults Innovation Cycle Reports

AFL participated in two 90-day innovation cycles focused on optimizing oral health care for older adults, conducted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the West Health Institute (WHI). AFL collaborated with the other Innovation Cycle participants (other experts in the quality improvement and oral health fields) to publish a report at the end of each cycle detailing their work.

Our Beginnings

AFL Enterprises, LLC’s work began with three projects:

We partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to implement the Health Resources and Services Administration Oral Health Disparities Pilot Collaborative.  Partnering with healthcare pioneers from across the globe, we helped health center dental programs develop quality improvement infrastructure and collaborate with their peers to improve outcomes for pregnant women and young children. Check out the Oral Health Disparities Collaborative Implementation Manual!

The First Oral Health Collaborative

Working with five Colorado Foundations, we developed and launched, an innovative initiative to deliver preventive services to children through medical-dental collaboration. Initial evaluation results of the intiative found that children who had received at least four fluoride varnish applications by the age of 3 had significantly fewer decayed, missing or filled surfaces – a significant finding that changed the way we now think about preventing and managing disease. See the evaluation results. Cavity Free at Three is now managed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Cavity Free at Three Initiative

AFL was contracted by NNOHA at their founding to help them build their infrastructure and develop a sustainable organization. Our work included establishing an annual conference for over 500 attendees, supporting the Board of Directors to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities, fundraising, and membership management. When we started working with NNOHA they had $5,000 in annual revenue and 250 members. Within 5 years, NNOHA had more than 2,000 members and $1 million in annual revenue – and they continue to grow. We like to think we had a little something to do with their ongoing success. To learn more, check out this video!

Infrastructure Development for the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA)
Recent Projects

Below are a few more examples of the ways that AFL is leading through quality improvement and advancing the field of public health through innovative solutions.

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Have a project in mind that you would like help getting off the ground?

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