A Partner for Change

A Partner for Change

Health disparities impact people very directly. It may mean diminished quality of life from persistent pain, poor appearance, loss of economic opportunities and overall lower life expectancy. Uneven access to preventive and restorative care particularly, impacts racial and ethnic minority groups, families living in poverty, and the elderly, among others. The DentaQuest Partnership approach invests in both national and community-based efforts to improve oral health and help erase disparities. These investments are strategic, multi-layered, and directed at the systems that provide and fund care, enhance public policy, and help communities build and navigate available resources.

Partnerships are important
Providers, communities, funders, and policymakers each play a unique role in addressing health disparities. As conveners, we believe philanthropies have the unique role of encouraging collaborative relationships and serving as catalysts for change. All are welcome who are willing to work for common ground solutions appropriate for the scale of the problems to be solved.

Momentum for social justice and health equity
As catalysts for change, foundations can serve as an amplifier, elevating critical issues for discussion and framing opportunities for engagement. We also have an obligation to give our partners what they need to succeed. We encourage connected learning and stakeholder engagement.

DentaQuest Partnership grantees are supported with resources, including technical assistance, to empower them to cultivate deep and effective community partnerships and coalitions, to engage stakeholders at key points from strategy-setting to execution, to undertake advocacy, and to objectively evaluate their progress. Common ground and community engagement becomes the bedrock for shared and sustainable solutions and contributes to the collective impact.

Through grassroots action, the DentaQuest Partnership and its partners are creating sustainable, healthy communities that

  • Believe  oral health is critical to overall health and well-being,
  • Embrace effective preventive interventions, and
  • Make prevention and dental treatment available to all.