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Health Equity Hero Awards

Honoring individuals or organizations improving health care access for people with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

Meet the 2023 Health Equity Heroes, who this year demonstrate the unique ways we benefit from health connectors. Health connectors are forward thinkers taking action to remedy and eliminate systemic disparities in an effort to make health systems more welcoming to all. DentaQuest is making $60,000 in charitable contributions — $5,000 in the name of each hero to a qualified nonprofit of their choice. Join us in recognizing their unique, influential work.

Health Equity Hero

2023 Health Equity Heroes

Health Equity Hero Joel Bervell

Joel Bervell, MD Candidate

Social Media Medical Educator, Washington State University

Richard Black Headshot

Richard C. Black, DDMS, MS

Rick and Ginger Francis Endowed Dean, Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine & Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Health Equity Hero Dr. Gail Tessier Brown

Gail Tessier Brown, JD, MSW

Director, NH Oral Health Coalition

Health Equity Hero Dr. Theresa Cheng

Theresa Cheng, DDS

Founder, Everyone For Veterans

Health Equity Hero Lauren Easton

Lauren Easton

Vice President of Integrative Program Development and Clinical Innovation, Commonwealth Care Alliance

Health Equity Hero Cathy Levering

Cathy Levering

Executive Director and CEO, Sacramento District Dental Society and Foundation

Adam Luck Headshot

Adam Luck

Chief Executive Officer, City Care

Christina Rosenthal Headshot

Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH

Founder, Determined to be a Doctor Someday (DDS)

Health Equity Hero Bridget Saffold

Bridget Saffold, MSN, MPH, RN

Founder, Focus on Diabetes

Health Equity Hero Tammy Simmons MS CCC SLP

Tammy Simmons, MS, CCC-SLP

Co-Founder, Executive Director, ACCESS

Darlene Sorrell Headshot

Darlene A. Sorrell, DMD

Board President, Nizhóní Smiles, Inc.

Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PHD Headshot

Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PHD

Morton Amsterdam Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

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