CO MDI Project Overview

The CO MDI Project integrates full scope dental hygiene services into medical settings by adding dental hygienists to medical care teams. Patients visiting their medical provider can also see a hygienist in a convenient and familiar setting.

The overarching goals of the CO MDI Project are to:

  1. Increase access to dental hygiene services to vulnerable populations.
  2. Improve the oral health of CO MDI Project patients.
  3. Build sustainable medical-dental integration care delivery models.

During the five-year project, the hygienists are:

  • Offering up to full scope dental hygiene services in the medical practice.
  • Coordinating care with the medical care team.
  • Collaborating with dentists in the community to deliver comprehensive care.

The History and Future of the CO MDI Project

  • 2007-2011: Co-Location Project. From 2007 to 2011, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) funded and administered the Co-Location of Dental Hygienists Project. Hygienists were co-located into five Colorado medical practices. Dual-function exam rooms were built within the medical practices where either the medical provider or hygienist saw patients. DDCOF used findings from this project to inform and develop the CO MDI Project.
  • 2014-2019: CO MDI Project - Wave I. In Fall 2014, DDCOF awarded grants to 16 medical practices to integrate a hygienist into medical care teams. The grants included funding for dental hygiene equipment and initial salary support for a hygienist. CO MDI Wave I will end in March 2019. The CO MDI Project team has been working with each Wave I grantee throughout the project. Support has been offered through a Learning Network, with ongoing technical assistance, coaching, group calls, and in-person learning sessions.

The CO MDI Wave I practices included:

  • 2018-2021: CO MDI Project - Wave II. In 2018, DDCOF will expand the CO MDI Project and fund a new group of grantees. This toolkit represents much of what was learned from CO MDI Wave I and will be used as a guide for the startup and implementation of CO MDI Wave II. However, the CO MDI model of medical-dental integration is still being developed. It and the tools provided in this toolkit will continue to be tested and refined by the Wave II grantees, and will continue to be updated as enhancements are identified.

CO MDI Evaluation: The University of Colorado ACCORDS Program is evaluating the CO MDI Project.