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DentaQuest Enters New Partnership with National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

Project brings together prominent national organizations to improve oral health access and care for families

BOSTON, MA – DentaQuest today announced a new partnership with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University to improve oral health access and care for young children and their families. After a proposal evaluation process, the OHRC was selected to administer the National Maternal and Child Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement (COHSII) program. DentaQuest and other partners will support OHRC in this endeavor thanks to a multi-year investment from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

“As a country, we must continue to invest in oral health improvement,” said Steve Pollock, DentaQuest president and CEO. “I am proud that DentaQuest is working alongside other committed health leaders to address the needs of mothers and their children.”

The purpose of the COHSII funding is to work with national, state, and local stakeholders to improve existing systems of care in support of a patient-centered quality improvement approach that addresses the comprehensive oral health needs of maternal and child health populations. Over the next four years, OHRC will serve as the central program coordinator, convening DentaQuest and other consortium partners, including the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA), in support of comprehensive delivery of care.

“Integrated, person-centered oral health care is critical to improving oral health status among women and children,” said Natalia Chalmers, D.D.S., Ph.D. of the DentaQuest Institute. “National quality standards are necessary if we are to achieve these goals.” Chalmers, the DentaQuest Institute’s director of analytics and publication, will serve on the project’s quality indicator advisory team. The team will provide subject matter expertise to guide and inform the identification and use of maternal and child oral health quality indicators.

Chalmers is a member of the DQA and has extensive expertise in clinical care, quality improvement, and preventive measures.

Leadership from the DentaQuest Institute, as well as the DentaQuest Foundation, provided guidance to the OHRC during the grant application process, and will continue to support the project moving forward.