Chief Health Equity Officer
Kaz Rafia is a member of the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health leadership team and serves as the chief health equity officer.
In his role, Kaz spearheads strategic initiatives to foster and advance engagement and access to integrated oral health care for the underserved and underrepresented communities. Kaz also drives the organization’s efforts to elevate the integration of oral health and overall health care through the oversight of the health improvement and grantmaking teams.
Kaz brings over two decades of experience in successful startups, academia, managed care, government, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining CareQuest Institute, Kaz served as the state dental director for the Oregon Health Authority, where he set the equity centered State Oral Health Strategic Plan focusing on population health measures, health care workforce development, optimization of the value-based care coordination model, and telehealth.
Previously, Kaz was the director of operations for the Partnership for International Medical Access-Northwest, working to build sustainable long-term international partnerships with culturally diverse authorities and leaders to better understand and serve their needs. Kaz was also a founding partner of Rafia Dental, a clinical associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University, and a clinic director at Kaiser Permanente.
Kaz holds a doctor of dental surgery degree from the Ohio State University, a master of business administration degree from University of Illinois, and a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.