2020 Funding Announcement 

The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement (DentaQuest Partnership) is focused on transforming our broken health care system to enable better health through oral health. Prioritizing person-centered care, the DentaQuest Partnership drives health system transformation at the local, state and national levels in pursuit of DentaQuest’s common mission – to improve the oral health of all. The DentaQuest Partnership will lead this revolution through grantmaking, research, care improvement initiatives, and leading voice in three high-impact areas of focus: 

  • Adult dental benefit: Position an adult benefit for oral health as a campaign topic as a 2020 presidential campaign as well as state-based advocacy. 
  • Person-centered care: Develop models and advance knowledge around medical-dental integration, value-based care and payment, interprofessional care strategies, and the intersection of social determinants of health. 
  • Oral health measurement: Support and convene groups working on measurement to come to consensus on a core set of national, state, and practice measures that can be used to understand health outcomes in the U.S.  

To learn more about our approach towards these areas of focus, watch our 2019 Launch Webinar

Above all, we are committed to holding health equity and racial justice as core principles of our work, and we believe in the vital importance of centering consumers, communities, and those who have been historically underserved by the U.S. oral health system in the conversation to make meaningful change. 

This week we announced three Request for Proposals (RFPs) for 2020. 

Building Community Power to Create Oral Health Equity 

Through the Building Community Power RFP, the DentaQuest Partnership seeks to partner with communities, and their trusted representatives, that have a disproportionately high stake in not only seeing the current oral health system evolve, but in actively participating in its progress as change agents and leaders. The purpose of this initiative is to support advocacy capacity and power-building in these communities and increase their share of voice in the oral health system, at the local, state, and/or national levels; and policy-change conversations. Awardees will also play a supportive role in strategically advising the DentaQuest Partnership about how to center community voice across work happening in its three focus areas. Read full RFP and proposal questions.

Supporting Statewide Advocacy Groups to Create Oral Health Equity 

Through the Statewide Advocacy Groups RFP, the DentaQuest Partnership seeks to partner with statewide advocacy groups to support policy advocacy efforts driven through collaboration and community partnerships. Successful organizations will demonstrate experience in convening traditional and nontraditional partners, a commitment to social justice and health equity, and have active partnerships with community-based organizations. Work done through this RFP is intended to have an impact in at least one of the DentaQuest Partnership’s three focus areas by shifting power dynamics, conversations, and share of voice in statewide or national oral health movements. Read full RFP and proposal questions

Driving Oral Health Transformation in the Safety Net Initiative

Through the Driving Oral Health Transformation in the Safety Net Initiative RFP, the DentaQuest Partnership seeks to work with primary care associations (PCAs) and/or health center controlled networks (HCCNs) to strengthen the capacity of community health centers, design and test new models of care, and evolve the safety net to best serve millions of uninsured and underserved Americans who rely on this system to meet their healthcare needs, including oral health. Ensuring a strong and stable safety net system continues to be a fundamental role, challenge and opportunity for PCAs and/or HCCNs across the country. This investment is designed to foster new models of person-centered care in community health centers includes strengthening the capacity to be financially viable and efficient, leveraging new and existing models of interprofessional practice, maximizing data collection and utilization, and, where possible, operationalizing alternative payment models. Read full RFP and proposal questions.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application further, please reach out to the DentaQuest Partnership grants team as follows: 

Building Community Power 

Parrish Ravelli, Grants and Programs Associate 


Supporting Statewide Advocacy Groups 

Katinka Hakuta, Grants and Programs Associate 


Driving Oral Health Transformation in the Safety Net

Trenae Simpson, Grants and Program Manager 


Parrish Ravelli, Grants and Programs Associate