In 2011, the New York University College of Nursing launched a national initiative, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP), funded by DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation.
The OHNEP initiative aims to develop a nursing workforce with the competencies to prioritize oral health promotion and disease prevention, provide evidence-based oral health care in a variety of practice settings, and collaborate in interprofessional teams across the health care system to improve the quality of oral health care.
The OHNEP website serves as the knowledge center for faculty development, competency development, and best practices in oral health across the lifespan. The OHNEP website provides oral health nursing education and practice resources for nurses and other health professionals.
In the Media
"Expanding Access to Oral Health Care. Nurses Make a Difference", featuring former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, was first presented at the NYU College of Nursing’s Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice National Summit, convened on May 26, 2011 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.
Initiative activities are made possible as a result of funding from DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation.