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Dr. Amit Acharya elected to serve on the Dental Quality Alliance’s Implementation and Evaluation Committee
Dr. Amit Acharya, Director of IOSH was recently elected by the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) to serve on the newly established Implementation and Evaluation Committee (IEC).

Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) Welcomes New Staff Member
Alok Sagar Panny was recently recruited as a Research Assistant – Graduate Student for the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) and started in that role on October 31st.

HRSA Grant Awarded to FHC/IOSH to Expand Research Efforts to Develop a Dental Quality Analytics Dashboard
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded a $139,788 grant to Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc. (FHC); these funds as well as $26,596 in cost-share funds from FHC, will be directed to the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) via a sub-contract to expand its research and development of a Dental Quality Analytics (DQA) dashboard.

Dr. Acharya Named FHC Chief Dental Informatics Officer
Amit Acharya, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., founding director of the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH), Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF), has been named Chief Dental Informatics Officer (CDIO) for Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc., and dental practice at the Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS).

IOSH Study Highlighted by ‘The Oral Cancer Foundation’
The research team at the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) has been working on several research studies in the oral and oropharyngeal cancer domain to promote early detection and better management of oral cancer. One of these studies, led by IOSH Research Specialist, Dr. Neel Shimpi, and previous dental residents, Dr. Aditi Bharatkumar and Dr. Monica Jethwani, titled ‘Knowledgeability, Attitude and Behavior of Primary Care Providers Towards Oral Cancer: A Pilot Study’ which was published in the Journal of Cancer Education was recently highlighted by ‘The Oral Cancer Foundation’. 

Marshfield Clinic Dental Centers Featured as National Leader in Addressing Rural Dental Care Shortage
Marshfield Clinic and Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc. (FHC), received favorable publicity in a widely-aired National Public Radio (NPR) story that was also published on its website about efforts to provide dental care in rural Wisconsin.

Director of IOSH Elected to Serve on the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee in a Leadership Role
The director of IOSH, Dr. Amit Acharya, was recently elected to serve as the Interim Chairman of the Clinical Informatics subcommittee of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Standard Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI). 

IOSH Administrator Selected to Represent Marshfield Clinic in the Next Leadership Marshfield Program
Dixie Schroeder, M.B.A., was recently selected to represent Marshfield Clinic in the next Leadership Marshfield Program, which begins in September. The purpose and objective of Leadership Marshfield is to identify current and potential leaders in the community and provide a training program that will enhance their ability to function as more effective leaders. 

IOSH to Sponsor Health Innovation Chat 
The Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) will be sponsoring Health Innovation Chat sessions, which will be held periodically throughout the year at the Laird Center for Medical Research. These Health Innovation Chats will be semi-moderated by a volunteering individual who introduces a topic of interest via a short presentation, demo or an even video during the first 15 minutes of the chat session. 

MCRI Interim Executive Director Announces Promotion of Director of IOSH to Research Scientist
On June 13th the Tenure and Promotion Committee met to consider a number of promotions and reports on activities. Two promotions from Associate Research Scientist to Research Scientist were also received and approved. Our new Research Scientists are Peggy Peissig, Ph.D. and Amit Acharya, Ph.D. 

Second Postdoctoral Fellow Begins at IOSH
Adham Abdelrahim, B.D.S., a practicing general dentist in Illinois recently accepted one of the two NLM funded Oral Health Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship within IOSH. He started at IOSH on May 2nd and will be working closely with Dr. Yakub Ellias, Urgent Care Physician (co-mentor) and Dr. Amit Acharya on ‘Dental Emergency Pilot Program: A New Approach To Decrease Non-Traumatic Dental Related Emergency Department Visits’ project. 

Interprofessional Study of Oral Health in Primary Care: Common Risk Factor for Development of Dental Caries
The Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) is the recipient of $25,000 sub-award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).  Dr. Amit Acharya (Principal Investigator) and his team will be collaborating with AAPD and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Cleveland, Ohio) on a study, funded by the DentaQuest Foundation. 

Postdoctoral Fellow Begins at IOSH
Dr. Kelsey Schwei recently accepted one of the two NLM funded Oral Health Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowships within IOSH.  She officially transitioned into this new role on April 3rd and will be working closely with Dr. Eneida Mendonca from UW-Madison (co-mentor) and Dr. Amit Acharya on ‘Integration of Oral Health among Patients with Diabetes: Piloting an Integrated Care Model’ project.

IOSH Administrator Invited to Serve on Reactor Panel
While recruiting subject matter experts from throughout the nation, Dixie Schroeder, IOSH Administrator was invited to represent the Marshfield Clinic Health System as a result of IOSH’s involvement in a 2013 DentaQuest funded research grant and serve as a member of a Reactor Panel to help the authors improve these resources to ensure they are relevant for primary care practices of all types.

IOSH Welcomes New Staff Member
Yvonne Cerne was recently recruited as the Administrative Secretary for the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) and started in that role on February 29th. 

Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) Welcomes Intern
The Institute for Oral and Systemic Health (IOSH) welcomes Jacob Blamer as a writing intern. He will be interning with IOSH through May of 2016 and assisting with editing and developing partial drafts of manuscripts on the knowledgeability of patients and medical providers surrounding oral cancer.