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Local Non-profit Leader to Be Recognized for Program Vaccinating 266,000 At-risk Residents in LA

DentaQuest Health Equity Hero program will honor Jim Mangia at a mobile vaccination event.

Jim Mangia, president and CEO of St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, will be recognized as a 2021 DentaQuest Health Equity Hero for his work to protect residents in Los Angeles during the pandemic, including vaccinating more than 266,000 at-risk residents.

Mangia is being recognized for his work mobilizing community health in South, East and Central Los Angeles with testing and contact tracing programs, telehealth for triage and consultations, services for the homeless, monoclonal antibody infusion treatments and a vaccine equity program that inoculated more than 266,750 at-risk residents — all while running one of the largest nonprofit health centers that serves more than 100,000 patients annually in the most under-resourced areas of LA County.

On Tuesday, August 24, this award will be presented at InnerCity Struggle during a mobile vaccination event designed to encourage youth vaccination.

The DentaQuest Health Equity Hero program celebrates individuals who preserve access to equitable oral care and health care for all. This year, DentaQuest chose heroes who assisted at-risk individuals during the pandemic and who continue to expand that access today.

WHAT: 2021 DentaQuest Health Equity Hero Award Presentation

WHEN: Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT

*Media to arrive by 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: InnerCity Struggle, 3467 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023


St. John’s Well Child & Family Center Staff

InnerCity Struggle Staff

Jim Mangia, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center president and CEO

Brian Watts, president of California Dental Network


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