It’s up to all of us — providers, policymakers, educators, advocates, and patients — to create a better oral health system. And the time is now.
A Letter From Our President and CEO
At CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, we are changemakers. In a time when our health care system has failed millions of Americans, we are working as a catalyst for system transformation, bringing forth ideas and solutions that spark change. Better access to preventive care for underserved populations. Dental and medical systems that talk to each other. A care model that prioritizes quality and value. Patient experiences that are equitable and holistic.
These are not dreams of some distant future; they are happening now. Together, we’re creating a new oral health system that is accessible, equitable, and integrated.
It’s up to all of us — providers, policymakers, educators, advocates, and patients — to create a better oral health system. And the time is now. Far too many people still lack access to critical preventive care, but I am incredibly proud to say that our work together is helping change that.
Soon, more than 3 million people will gain access to coverage because of legislative action in their states. These hard-fought victories are thanks to the tireless work of thousands of forward-thinking community leaders across the country.
It is this kind of incredible progress that keeps me hopeful about the future, because the oral health system is already starting to look a lot different. To keep this momentum, we will continue to uncover the multifaceted causes of oral health disparities and build data-driven and community-informed solutions to achieve equity.
We’ve made great strides this year through our research and data analysis, seeking to improve patient outcomes by sharing new findings and insights with everyone working to improve the health system. In 2022, our team produced more than 100 new research reports and journal articles and hosted more than 20 webinars to provide continuing education for oral health professionals. The more we learn, the more sparks of knowledge we create to inspire robust, strategic, and powerful movements for change.
Meanwhile, more community groups and dental practices are testing new models of care and transforming oral health care policy in their states. To help accelerate this work, we invest strategically to strengthen communities and improve oral health systems through our grantmaking. In 2022, we awarded $14 million to 86 organizations that are shattering barriers to address disparities in oral health status, access to care, and health outcomes.
Together, through all of this, we’re sparking change to create a better oral health system for all. Will you join us?
Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA
President and CEO
To improve the oral health of all
CareQuest Institute is a catalyst for systems change, working to create a more accessible, equitable, and integrated health system for all. In 2022, we made great strides toward our ambitious aim.
Improving Oral Health
We’re improving the oral health system through our work in five Areas of Activation: grantmaking, research, health improvement, policy and advocacy, and education. And as part of the full CareQuest Institute portfolio, our two Areas of Influence include several oral health entities that share our mission and values.
But we don’t do any of this work alone. Collaboration and partnership are key to achieving our mission — to improve the oral health of all.
Learn How We’re Making an Impact
Policy & Advocacy
Lighting the Way
Our vision at CareQuest Institute is a future where every person can reach their full potential through excellent health. It’s a vision we pursue every day.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Mariya Filipova, MBA
Chief Innovation Officer, CareQuest Innovation Partners
Kaz Rafia, DDS, MBA, MPH
Chief Health Equity Officer
Patricia Ma, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer
Grandy Cody, MBA
Vice President, Chief of Staff
Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA
President and CEO
Michelle Jones-Johnson, MBA, SPHR
Chief Human Resources Officer
Denise W. Marks, MBA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Board of Directors
Andrew Agwunobi, MD
CEO & EVP Health Affairs, UConn Health Systems
President, Prizm Advisors
Roderick King, MD, MPH
SVP Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, University of Maryland Medical System
Todd Marshall, DDS, MBA
Independent Advisor and Consultant
Evelyn Henry Miller, CPA
Chairman of the Board of Managers, Ascension Ventures IV, L.P.
Pam Reeve, MBA
Bob Weyant, MS, DMD, DrPH
Professor & Chair, Dental Public Health, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Jessica Zeaske, MHS, PhD, MBA
Echo Health Ventures, Partner
The Future Is Bright
We’re heading into 2023 ready to advance and accelerate our work to create a more accessible, equitable, and integrated oral health system.
Create and scale validated, innovative, and integrated care delivery systems to improve access to prevention-focused, person-centered oral health care.
Advocate for, protect, and expand adult dental benefits in Medicare and Medicaid.
Encourage movement to a value-based payment system, including designing alternative reimbursement structures, to prioritize and reward improved patient outcomes.
Strengthen and expand a network of community-based health leaders and organizations to create a more coordinated, integrated system.