MRT Innovations in Social Determinants of Health Initiative

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Q1 Please provide your contact information below.


Title and Organization




ZIP/Postal Code

Email Address

Phone Number

Dr. Scott Noren

Ithaca Oral Surgery and Implant Center

425 Cayuga Heights Road





Q2 Please describe your company or organizations overall goals and mission.

To help formulate state and federal policy in tandem with the goals of NY State DOH and WHO in regards to A Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health W.H.O. World Health Organization Geneva 2010

Q3 Please indicate which category your organization falls under.

Health Care Provider

Q4 Innovation Executive Summary. Please describe the innovation, and how it addresses the social determinants of health. Please identify how the innovation addresses the 6 innovation criteria (i.e. ROI, scalability, feasibility, evidence–based support for innovation, relevance to the Medicaid population and speed to market).

Develop a dental care center in Upstate New York that addresses the O.R. needs of special needs and dental phobic children that are clearly not being met and have outstripped the resources of existing healthcare institutions. Scaleability would be based on needed numbers of cases vs. backlog of existing institutions; funding would come from the legislature as a budget item, the need is especially in the Medicaid population and could be implemented very quickly due to the availability now of graduating DDS's and additionally new Canadian DDS's given fast tracking for licensure. If they do not include the latter then that plan is defective and harmful to existing dentists in NY State. This center would complete many more treatments than now but would also scale up the dental education of the most needy dental populations in NY Upstate.There currently is no facility solely dedicated to addressing this issue and in talking with the Syracuse dental clinic at Upstate Med Center, they are extremely backlogged for O.R. time to take care of these children. The socioeconomic implications are vast if this was considered for a permanent solution to this problem.

Q5 Was your innovation implemented? If so, please explain when, the number of people impacted, and the results.


Q6 Please identify the SDH Domain that your innovation addresses. (Select all that apply.)


Social and Community Context,

Health and Health Care,

Economic Stability

Q7 I give the Department of Health the right to share the information submitted in this application publicly (for example: on the DOH website). I understand that there is no monetary reward/reimbursement for my submission or for attending the summit should my innovation be selected.

I consent to have my innovation shared