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February 5, 2023
Kaz Rafia, Chief Health Equity Officer at CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, joined the podcast to talk about his background, his passion for addressing health inequity, what effective health care leaders need to be successful in the next couple of years, and more. Read the full article and listen to the podcast.
January 19, 2023
We need to establish a more integrated, accessible, and equitable oral health landscape in our country. In this special episode, you will hear from a leader in the field of oral health who is working to reduce disparities in access to and quality of care. Kaz Rafia is the Chief Health Equity Officer for the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health — a leading national nonprofit focused on creating a more accessible, equitable, and integrated oral health system.
January 3, 2023
In November, the Center for Health Information and Analysis reported that Black and Hispanic people are significantly more likely to rely on the ER. Another study from CareQuest, found that people of color experience disproportional discrimination during oral health care.
December 26, 2022
Dental care is still out of reach for many Americans. A 2022 survey conducted by the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, a health care nonprofit, found that 77 million Americans do not have dental insurance.
December 20, 2022
Kaz Rafia, DDS, was appointed chief health equity officer at the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. Read the full article.
December 19, 2022
Not having access to dental care can lead to serious oral and overall health issues, not to mention more intensive care later on.
December 12, 2022
Opportunities exist and have been successful adding oral health risk assessment and dental hygiene education into primary care visits, inpatient hospital wards, and many federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). For example, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health Improvement launched a pilot program in Massachusetts, the COVID-19 Oral Health Recovery and Transformation (COHRT) Learning Community.9 COHRT focused on teledentistry in oral health disease prevention, minimally invasive care, and integrated and personalized treatment.
December 9, 2022
Leaders and organizations in healthcare and dentistry, including the ADA and the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) are asking U.S. lawmakers to add extensive adult dental benefits to every state Medicaid program to improve oral health equity and access. Read the full article
November 30, 2022
All of this leads to significant disparities. For CareQuest Institute for Oral Health's State of Oral Health Equity in America 2022 survey, individuals were asked if they or someone in their household had an intellectual or developmental disability, and those who answered yes were described as being "part of the IDD community." The results of the survey revealed that a higher percentage of individuals in the IDD community rated their oral health as fair or poor (38%) when compared with those outside of the IDD community (23%).
November 30, 2022
The nonprofit CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is partnering with the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) on a campaign to designate 50 Oral Health Champions (one in each state) during the next decade to work with health profession schools and programs to integrate oral health into their primary care curricula and bridge gaps in oral health access.