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DentaQuest Opens Nominations for 2021 Health Equity Heroes – Heroes in the Time of COVID-19

Nominations close April 30

The search for the 2021 Health Equity Heroes has officially begun.

For the past six years, the DentaQuest Health Equity Hero awards have celebrated individuals and organizations behind extraordinary work that champions equitable oral care and health care. In 2020, our 12 Heroes provided 12 inspiring bright spots in a challenging year for everyone. For 2021, stories providing hope and optimism remain important as we continue to adapt and cope.“Our annual call for Health Equity Heroes is a refreshing spotlight on exceptional work addressing deep-rooted disparities, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Steve Pollock, president and CEO of DentaQuest. “These Heroes are community leaders whose creativity and actions inspire us to work harder and do more on behalf of those with the greatest needs and the fewest resources.

Nominees can come from any sector, including dental care, health care, family support, legal aid, schools and community programs.

And anyone can nominate a Hero! Fill out and submit this form before April 30. DentaQuest will announce the winners in June.

DentaQuest will choose 12 Health Equity Heroes for 2021. Each will receive:

  • a commemorative plaque, highlighting their accomplishment,
  • a $5,000 donation to a nonprofit — the Hero gets to choose — that is committed to promoting health equity,
  • recognition in DentaQuest outreach and communication materials throughout the year.

Think about the people or teams who are working to enable more equitable access to health services and a better quality of life for individuals. To inspire you, here is a list of DentaQuest’s 2020 Health Equity Heroes, which came from a wide range of individuals and organizations.

“Now, it’s time to tell us about the Hero in your world — the individuals or organizations finding new ways to help people survive and stay healthy during the pandemic,” Pollock added.

Have someone in mind? Nominate your hero today!

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 and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.