Monday, September 14, 2020

DentaQuest Establishes New Fund to Support Patient Safety at New York Dental Clinics During Pandemic



DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health organization, today announced a $150,000 contribution to the Community Health Center Association of New York State (CHCANYS) to establish and fund The DentaQuest COVID-19 New York Dental Care Fund, which will provide grants to support patient safety efforts at safety net dental clinics across New York during the pandemic. “These grants will provide some welcome economic relief to safety net dental programs across New York state as people return to get overdue dental care,” said Rose Duhan, President and CEO of CHCANYS. We thank DentaQuest for recognizing and helping to meet these communities’ needs.

DentaQuest also committed $50,000 to NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) to support the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice program that is providing non-congregate housing for inmates released from jail during the pandemic who otherwise would not have a place to live. This donation will provide personal care products, including toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, sunscreen and face masks, to help these individuals as they transition back into community life. A portion of these funds will also support NYC H+H Gotham Health sitesdental programs across the 5 boroughs of New York City.

Finally, DentaQuest contributed $50,000 to acquire a supply of personal hygiene kits that will be distributed to families at community centers, health centers and homeless shelters across New York City.

These commitments follow the company’s recent contribution of $25,000 to support the continued work of Callen Lorde Health Centers during the pandemic and a $145,000 donation by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement to United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund.

In our role providing dental benefits to over 4 million members in New York, we are working with our managed care partners, clients and providers to make oral health care more affordable and easier to access with a focus on prevention,” said DentaQuest President and CEO Steve Pollock. “During the pandemic, we are working hard to ensure a strong and resilient oral health community, and we are proud to lend our support to organizations helping millions of New Yorkers manage through a particularly challenging period.”

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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 27+ million Americans and provide direct patient care through our network of more than 80 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 $200 million in grants and programs 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 www.DentaQuest.com and follow us on Twitter @DentaQuest, Facebook www.facebook.com/DentaQuest, Instagram @Inside_DentaQuest, and LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/DentaQuest. 


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