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2021
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DentaQuest Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Commitment to Increasing Access and Representation in Oral Health

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans

Today DentaQuest recognizes and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans and commemorates heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. In alignment with its commitment to improving oral health care for all, DentaQuest is investing in increasing access and representation in oral health for the Hispanic population.

DentaQuest is a member and supporting sponsor of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) and is working to expand the number of dentists that serve the US Hispanic population. As part of that membership role, DentaQuest is sponsoring the HDA Student Conference. The HDA is the leading voice for Hispanic oral health. It provides service, education-research, advocacy, and leadership for all health care professionals to promote overall health of the Hispanic and underrepresented communities.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic or Latin American population was 62.1 million in 2020, a 20 percent growth from 2010. Despite comprising 20 percent of the U.S. population, only 6 percent of dentists are Hispanic. The Hispanic population faces unique impediments to care, including language barriers, transportation, oral health competency and cost. Research indicates that cost barriers to dental care have fallen significantly— from 11 percent to 6 percent—for Hispanic children, while increasing for adults and seniors. In fact, Hispanic seniors face the highest cost barriers to dental care. With increased challenges, it is important that underrepresented populations like the Hispanic community have access to oral health professionals who understand their cultural background, oral health practices and oral health competency.

“At DentaQuest, we’re committed to increasing access and representation year-round, but during Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s important to discuss and address why these unique disparities persist and how they impact the Hispanic population,” said Steve Pollock, DentaQuest president and CEO . “To truly improve the oral health of all, it’s necessary to increase investments in and awareness of the barriers the Hispanic population faces. We’re excited to be working closely with the HDA during the coming year to break down these barriers.”

In addition to its partnership with the HDA, DentaQuest is joining the Hispanic Health Coalition of Texas as a sponsor of the Latino Health Summit.

DentaQuest’s Adelante ERG is making a community donation to UNIDOS US Esperanza Hope for All Campaign.

About DentaQuest

DentaQuest is a purpose-driven oral health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. We do this through Preventistry® – our all-in approach to better care, expanded access, value-based financing, and innovative solutions. We manage dental and vision benefits for 30+ million Americans and direct patient care through our network of more than 75 oral health centers in 6 states. We provide outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals nationwide. And, we've invested more than $230 million in grants, programs and other corporate citizenship efforts to achieve measurably healthier communities across the country. By advancing prevention-focused oral health, we will achieve better overall health for everyone. Learn more at www.DentaQuest.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.