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We Are Only as Important as the Impact We Have on Others: Mission Month 2014

By Fay Donohue, CEO

To improve the oral health of all – that is the mission of DentaQuest. It’s our passion and our reason for being.

DentaQuest is improving oral health in so many ways. We are on the new Health Insurance Marketplaces with individual and family dental plans and many people now have dental insurance for the first time. We are the Medicaid carrier in many states. We provide back office dental benefit management to hundreds of health plans. We work to strengthen dental care safety net offices in every state so care is available to individuals and families in need. Our Institute is using the latest scientific advances to develop best practices for preventing dental disease. And our Foundation is getting communities thinking about the importance of having good oral health and making sure it is part of health policy conversations.

We are focused on improving oral health every day – processing claims, paying bills, building IT systems, selling new accounts, creating new products, answering phones, enrolling dentists, building networks. And because of this intense focus, we have become the leading voice on oral health. Today, we are honored to serve more than 20 million members in 30 states. We really are making a difference in the lives of people.

This week, we are kicking off our annual mission month.

Over the next 30 days, DentaQuest employees are leaving their desks, phones and computers and heading into our neighboring communities to roll up our sleeves and work. In Maryland and Virginia, we are painting the lobby at Mary’s Place, a community health center. In Florida, we are cleaning up parks and community common spaces in Miami Dade. In Texas, we are sorting food at the Capital Area Food Bank. In Massachusetts, we are painting and landscaping at Lee Academy, a pilot pre-school/elementary school in Boston. In Wisconsin, we are working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Milwaukee. In Colorado, we lending our hands at the Mission of Mercy free care dental clinic in Henderson. In Tennessee, we are helping to prepare for an AIDS walk. In California, we are assembling health kits. Where there are people, there is the need for good oral health.

Good oral health matters… to good health and it matters to opportunity.