How Philanthropy and Community Voice Accelerate Oral Health Systems Change

CE Credits
1 hour

Deep-rooted oral health disparities continue to hurt communities across the country, elevating the need to improve the health systems that we interact with every day. How can grantmaking accelerate those efforts?

Join CareQuest Institute and two grantees — Nebraska Appleseed and Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine — to explore how strategic investments and the voice of the community can accelerate change in health systems. After a brief overview of CareQuest Institute's unique approach to grantmaking, expert speakers will discuss case studies, practical frameworks, and strategies that elevate oral health and improve community engagement.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the role philanthropy can play in addressing oral health disparities and system inequities.
  • Describe community engagement strategies to understand and elevate oral health priorities.
  • Evaluate the design and impact of an interprofessional quality improvement intervention to improve oral health knowledge, skills, and care delivery for older adults.
  • Investigate the role and influence of CareQuest Institute’s support to help evolve community-focused programs.


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


Trenae Simpson, MBA, Director, Grants and Programs, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

Sarah Maresh, JD, Program Director, Health Care Access, Nebraska Appleseed

Labrini Nelligan, MS, Executive Director, Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Denise O’Connell, MSW, LCSW, CCM, CCP, Associate Director, Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, Massachusetts General Hospital

This webinar will be recorded.




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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.