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Aug 09, 2022
Racism is a public health epidemic. Across the US, there are barriers to care that have blocked people of color from receiving adequate health care for years. Lack of economic opportunity, lack of access to insurance, lack of affordable care, lack of representation in the medical field, implicit bias, and stereotyping are only a few examples of barriers that we have to work to break down.
Aug 04, 2022
Dental therapy is growing. Similar to physician assistants in medicine, dental therapists can work in various settings — from the dental office to the community — and provide various services, including filling cavities, placing temporary crowns, and extracting teeth under some circumstances. Communities throughout the US that struggle with dental workforce shortages or providing access to care outside of the traditional office setting have identified the occupation as an effective way to increase access for patients.
Aug 03, 2022
Patrick Smith, DMD, MPH, recalls the experience like it was yesterday.
Jul 22, 2022
This week, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health released the Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage Checker in partnership with the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute, the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., and the National Academy for State Health Policy.  The Checker provides a snapshot of a state’s Medicaid adult dental benefits, allowing individuals to better understand the details of their state’s offerings and identify potential areas for improvement.
Jul 11, 2022
By Caroline McLeod, RDH, MS, and Marybeth Shaffer, DMD
Jul 05, 2022
Danica Loring, EFDA, CDA, works as a dental practice manager at Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) Dental Center, a nonprofit in Maine. She helps PCHC achieve its mission of providing comprehensive, integrated primary health care services to improve the health and well-being of patients in the Maine community. Danica’s 15-year career as a dental assistant helped hone her passion for direct patient care. In her new role, she oversees PCHC’s Dental Assisting Training Program, which provides on-the-job training to new dental assistants.
Jun 28, 2022
By Stacey Auger, Policy Consultant, CareQuest Institute
Jun 21, 2022
What is the oral health industry’s role and responsibility in addressing racism in our country? “In contrast to other disciplines (public health and medicine for example), dentistry as a discipline has been relatively quiet in the space of anti-racism,” said Eleanor Fleming, PhD, DDS, MPH, FICD, assistant dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. “This special issue in many respects fills a void and offers a strategic path forward for dental public health using the lens of anti-racism.”
Jun 16, 2022
What adjectives would you use to describe the oral health system? Traditional? Effective? Reliable? One adjective that often gets left out of the conversation: innovative. “There is a lack of innovation in oral health in a couple of ways,” says Kirill Zaydenman, MS, vice president of innovation at our for-profit subsidiary CareQuest Innovation Partners. “One is that dentistry has not kept pace with change in other industries that have been undergoing digital transformation. The other is within public health — it’s a hugely underserved market.”
Jun 09, 2022
CareQuest Institute’s grantmaking efforts focus on five cross-cutting strategies: health and racial equity, social determinants of health, community-centered measurement, learning and capacity building, and innovation in oral health. Why those five areas?