Advancing Equity Through Oral Health Grantmaking

Webinar Date
CE Credits
1 hour

Every year, CareQuest Institute awards more than $14 million in grants rooted in its commitment to health equity and the intentional engagement of communities most often harmed by the existing oral health system. How does that funding make a difference? How do grantees drive change in their communities?  

A panel of experts — including grantmaking leadership at CareQuest Institute and leaders from grantee organizations — will explore those questions in a one-hour webinar on Thursday, March 16 at 1 p.m. ET. We’ll discuss how grantmaking plays a crucial role in improving oral health in historically marginalized communities, and how a community-driven approach can lead to more effective and sustainable outcomes. Participants will also learn about the grantee application process, including a short demonstration and answers to common questions.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the importance of equity in philanthropy and its role in addressing oral health disparities and system inequities.  
  • Synthesize the impact of involving community voices and partnerships in the grantmaking process on promoting oral health equity.
  • Review outcomes of funding organizations led by members of marginalized and underserved communities in promoting health equity and justice.
  • Discuss one organization’s commitment and experience engaging community members to advance oral health equity among marginalized groups in California.

Moderator & Presenter

John Gabelus, Grants and Programs Associate, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health


Alejandra Valencia DDS, MPH, MS, Director, Oral Health Forum, Heartland Alliance Health  

Ruqayya Ahmad, MPP, Policy Manager, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Kaz Rafia, DDS, MBA, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer, Executive Vice President, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

Christina Castle, Grants and Programs Associate, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

This webinar will be recorded.




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they do not have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity.