Health Equity Heroes

Now in its sixth year, the DentaQuest Health Equity Hero awards program celebrates and promotes individuals who are going above and beyond to expand access to equitable oral care and health care — especially in underserved communities. These community leaders are inspiring collective action on behalf of our neighbors with the greatest needs and the fewest resources. 
 
In addition to celebrating and promoting the contributions of the 2020 Health Equity Heroes, DentaQuest provides a $5,000 charitable contribution in the name of each hero to a nonprofit committed to promoting health equity.
 
In 2020, a unique and challenging year for all of us, DentaQuest’s Health Equity Heroes program recognized the work of those who are helping to maintain access 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. These 12 heroes are finding ways to work differently, remediate disparities in health and advance the principles of Preventistry — care, value, innovation and transformation. 
 
As a purpose-driven organization, DentaQuest is focused on transforming the way America thinks about oral health. We know that DentaQuest cannot be successful in achieving our goal — to improve the oral health of all — without community allies and health champions like the ones listed below. 
 
2020 Health Equity Heroes:
Jeannette MacLean, DDS, DABPD, FAAPD, Arizona
Rep. Kyle Mullica, Colorado
Dr. Tim Garvey, Florida
Flavia Lamberghini, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAPD, Illinois
Dr. Katherine Collier, Maryland
Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman, Massachusetts
Bridget Hurd, Michigan
Allie Young and Protect the Sacred, Navajo Nation
Colleen McCauley and PCCY, Pennsylvania
Representative Four Price, Texas House of Representatives
Sarah Bedard Holland and Virginia Health Catalyst, Virginia
Dr. Ritika Chandra, Washington
 
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Blog
Lessons from the Pandemic: What COVID-19 Is Teaching Us About Health Equity
People of color have long experienced significant differences in care access, treatment and quality, and COVID-19 is making these problems worse. What actions can we take to help?
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Video
Addressing Racism and Disparities in Oral Health



Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, , president and CEO of the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute, Inc., discusses the growing equity gap and offers concrete solutions on how we can make real change in the future.
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