Medical Dental Integration (MDI)

If you live in the United States, you probably get your medical care from your health care provider and your dental care from your dentist. But what if these two forms of essential care didn’t need to be so separate?

The Medical Dental Integration (MDI) project is an effort to “return the mouth back to the body.” With this project, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has charged the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and KDHRC with an exploration of medical and dental care integration.

In this first year of the project, we will assess current programmatic and clinical MDI strategies. We will ultimately develop a national framework that will enable medical-dental integration in dental, public health, and primary care settings.

Our Work

KDHRC uses a systematic research approach to understand the big picture of the medical-dental integration landscape. Our all-encompassing approach includes the collection and screening of recent articles and convening and collecting input from the big hitters in MDI.

To ensure we identify MDI strategies from all angles, KDHRC will work with NACDD to:

  • Establish and convene a steering committee of experts in the MDI field
  • Conduct a systematic literature review 
  • Develop a matrix of existing MDI programs
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with key contacts
  • Plan for the year-two conference


To date, KDHRC has:

  • Developed a project-specific literature review methodology
  • Identified and screened 5,698 articles, including 815 articles in full-text review, and coded more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in both Atlas.ti and Excel
  • Established and convened a steering committee with NACDD support with 11 experts in the field
  • Connected with 13 subject matter experts and organization representatives in the medical, dental, and academic fields


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