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DentaQuest Opens Nominations for 2022 Health Equity Heroes

The awards recognize individuals and organizations that champion equitable access to oral care and overall health outcomes

The search for the 2022 Health Equity Heroes is underway.

For the past seven years, the DentaQuest Health Equity Hero awards have recognized individuals and organizations responsible for extraordinary work that champions equitable access to health care (medical, oral health, behavioral health) and overall health outcomes. In 2021, our 12 heroes showcased the resiliency and dedication of health professionals to provide their communities with access to quality care. This year, DentaQuest is searching for disruptors directly or indirectly improving health outcomes — forward-thinking individuals or organizations taking action to transform existing health systems in an effort to remedy disparities and be more welcoming to all.

“We’ve collectively faced enormous challenges and changes in the past year. Our annual call for Health Equity Heroes is an opportunity to highlight the phenomenal work of individuals and organizations thinking outside the box and setting the groundwork for true health equity,” said Steve Pollock, president and CEO of DentaQuest. “These Heroes are inventive leaders whose approaches and actions embolden us to work harder and uplift underserved communities. We want to hear about the Hero in your world — the people disrupting existing systems to transform health and eliminate disparities.”

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

Each will receive:

  • a commemorative plaque highlighting their accomplishments;
  • a $5,000 donation made in the Hero’s name to a qualified nonprofit — of the Hero’s choosing — that is committed to promoting health equity; and
  • 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, learn more about DentaQuest’s 2021 Health Equity Heroes and their incredible work here.

About DentaQuest

DentaQuest is a purpose-driven health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. We do this through Preventistry® — our inclusive approach to quality care and expanded access built on trusted partnerships between patients, providers and payors. As one of the nation’s largest and most experienced Medicaid dental benefits administrators, we manage dental and vision benefits for more than 33 million Americans through a nationwide network of providers in all 50 states. Our outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions are designed for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals. At the same time, we are expanding our footprint of more than 70 oral health centers in six states to deliver direct patient care in rural and underserved populations. Learn more at and follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.


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