Harmony Health Foundation has secured a state contract with the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, a major milestone in their mission to expand healthcare access for underserved communities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The competitive contract opportunity sought partners specializing in dental technology to provide consultation services for individuals with I/DD. Harmony Health Foundation, in collaboration with Oral Genome, aims to drive positive change in underserved communities by utilizing innovative technologies to improve oral health and promote health equity.
Individuals with I/DD often face limited access to preventive dental services, resulting in higher rates of untreated dental conditions and poorer oral health outcomes. The ongoing dental healthcare workforce crisis further compounds these challenges, leaving the I/DD population in Tennessee with long wait times and difficulties addressing critical dental needs. Thus, this state contract represents a significant step towards fulfilling the commitment of both the state and the organization to make a meaningful impact in communities across Tennessee.
The project aims to facilitate preventive care at home for individuals who struggle to access traditional healthcare. This is achieved through the use of Oral Genome’s point-of-care saliva tests, empowering individuals to manage their at-home dental needs more effectively.
In addition to their collaboration with Oral Genome, Harmony Health Foundation will partner with the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) to conduct community-engaged research and workforce education. AIDPH, a leader in advancing equitable oral health policy, is deeply invested in this partnership. They believe in empowering communities to advance oral health through science, education, and advocacy.
The synergy between Harmony Health Foundation, Oral Genome, and AIDPH is expected to address access to care for I/DD communities in Tennessee and contribute to improved oral health outcomes. DIDD commissioner, Brad Turner, emphasizes the importance of oral health for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He expresses hope that this partnership will empower individuals to better manage their dental needs and increase awareness about the importance of preventive care.
This state contract victory highlights Harmony Health Foundation’s dedication to improving the oral health and overall well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Tennessee. It signifies the beginning of a journey committed to providing essential healthcare services to those in need.