DENTAQUEST HONORS SEVEN ORAL HEALTH LEADERS AS HEALTH EQUITY HEROES WITH INAUGURAL NATIONAL AWARD
Winners recognized for work bringing oral health to underserved communities
BOSTON – In an effort to raise awareness and the need for collective action to improve oral health nationwide, DentaQuest established the Health Equity Hero Awards to celebrate the efforts of local leaders championing the cause.
More than 83 million people in the United States face barriers to dental care. These barriers are most significant for those who experience health disparities based on race, age, income level, language, health literacy or geographic isolation.
“Connecting people with care is what we do at DentaQuest. It is important work, but we do not do this alone. When you think of the challenges many people across the U.S. face to achieve access and care, the work of our seven Health Equity Heroes is important and remarkable,” said Steve Pollock, President and CEO of DentaQuest. “Our 2015 Health Equity Heroes are raising awareness and creating opportunities for better health. We are honored to have them as allies and advocates working on behalf of underserved populations across the country.”
The 2015 Health Equity Heroes are:
Kevin Earle, M.B.A., M.P.H., Executive Director of the Arizona Dental Association (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Ana Palomo-Zerfas, Migrant Health and Community Engagement Program Manager for Vista Community Clinic (San Diego, Calif.)
David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.)
Debony Hughes, D.D.S, F.I.C.D., Program Manager, Prince George’s County Health Department, Dental Health Program (Cheverly, Md.)
Rucha Kavathe, Ph.D., Project Manager for the Community Education and Empowerment Directorate at UNITED SIKHS (New York, N.Y.)
Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S., M.S.P.H., F.A.C.D., Dean and Professor at Meharry Medical College – School of Dentistry (Nashville, Tenn.)
Edgar Carmona, Associate Executive Director, AIDS Interfaith Network’s (AIN) Manos Unidas (Dallas, Texas)
The selection of the 2015 Health Equity Heroes is in recognition of National Minority Health Month, an effort led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health to advance health equity for racial and ethnic minorities.
Each honoree will receive a donation from DentaQuest’s Citizenship Fund toward a non-profit of his or her choice that is committed to promoting health equity.
Based in Boston, Mass., DentaQuest (www.dentaquest.com) is the second largest oral health company in the United States and the largest in the Medicaid space. Along with its charitable DentaQuest Foundation and its educational DentaQuest Institute, its mission is to improve the oral health of all. Follow DentaQuest on Twitter @dentaquest and Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/DentaQuest, and subscribe to our blog, Oral Health Matters at: http://oralhealthmatters.blogspot.com/.