Health Equity Heroes

As a purpose-driven organization, DentaQuest is focused on transforming the way America thinks about oral health. Our goal is to improve the oral health of all. We know that DentaQuest cannot be successful in achieving our goals without community allies and health champions.

The DentaQuest Health Equity Hero award calls attention to the community leaders who are inspiring collective action on behalf of our neighbors with the greatest needs and the fewest resources.


Health Equity Hero LogoCall for Nominations for 2020:

DentaQuest’s Health Equity Heroes 2020 program will recognize the work of those who are helping to maintain or expand access to equitable oral health care, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. The virus is hitting low-income communities especially hard, highlighting gaps in health literacy, access to care and trust in our health care system. Nominate changemakers finding ways to work differently, remediate disparities in health and advance the principles of Preventistry. The nomination period is now open – learn more about the program and eligibility here.


In addition to recognizing and promoting the contributions of the DentaQuest Health Equity Heroes, DentaQuest provides a charitable contribution to a nonprofit organization committed to promoting health equity, identified by each of the heroes.

2019 Health Equity Heroes:
Alabama’s Head Start Programs, Alabama
Dr. Kathleen Barlow, Mission Smiles, Hillsborough County, Florida
Dennis Borel, Executive Director of Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Austin, Texas
Tee Lawton, Mount Hope Housing Company, Bronx, New York
Alicia Murria, Hygienists for Humanity, Maryland
Dr. Neetu Sing, Health Care for All, Massachusetts
Michelle Vacha, Community Dental Health, Colorado Springs, Colorado