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Programs | NOHLI


  • Expose new FQHC Dental Directors to the concept and application of effective leadership

  • Describe methods in leadership and working within the Health Center’s administrative team

  • Discuss applications of leadership in Health Center financial planning, data monitoring, outreach, and team building

Health Center Fundamentals

  • Discuss the characteristics of Health Center patient populations

  • Recognize common terms used to reference Health Center oral health programs

  • Describe how Health Centers are financed

  • List Health Center partners

Workforce & Staffing

  • Understand statistics and issues around the current HC workforce to inform recruitment methods and strategies

  • Develop an effective hiring process

  • Foster a positive work environment to maximize retention

  • Develop ideal staffing and equipment ratios for your program

  • Understand how students, hygienists and new dental team members might be effectively utilized


  • Understand the importance of quality

  • Distinguish between quality assurance (QA) and quality improvement (QI) systems

  • Develop quality plans and measures for a dental program that will drive progress towards population health status goals

  • Explore the role of leadership and quality

Risk Management

  • Understand what risk management is and the role of a Dental Director

  • Identify the risk areas in a Health Center dental program

  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the available risk assessment tools

  • Understand how to set up a good risk management process


  • Develop a financial strategy

  • Become familiar with common Health Center financial terms

  • Understand basic Health Center financial tools

  • Locate and utilize helpful resources

Patient Centered Health Home

  • Describe medical-dental integration activities in early adopter Health Centers

  • Understand the characteristics of Health Centers that have achieved high levels of medical-dental integration

  • Develop strategies to overcome integration barriers

  • Apply best practices from early adopters

"Boot Camp weekend was a wonderful way for all of us scholars to network, share ideas and problems, and most of all, come together to learn. I have learned so much from all the trainings and opportunities. I highly recommend the program to other Dental Directors.”

-Lisa Bozzetti, DDS, Cohort 1

Dental Director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Hillsboro, OR


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