DentaQuest has donated $150,000 to the Community Health Center Association of New York State (CHCANYS) to establish and fund the DentaQuest COVID-19 New York Dental Care Fund, which will provide grants to support patient safety efforts at safety net dental clinics across New York during the pandemic.
“These grants will provide some welcome economic relief to safety net dental programs across New York state as people return to get overdue dental care,” said Rose Duhan, president and CEO of CHCANYS. “We thank DentaQuest for recognizing and helping to meet these communities’ needs.”
DentaQuest committed $36,000 to NYC Health + Hospitals to support the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice program providing non-congregate housing for detainees released from jail during the pandemic who otherwise would not have a place to live.
This donation will provide personal care products, including toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, sunscreen, and face masks to help individuals as they transition back to their communities.
An additional $14,000 to NYC Health + Hospitals will support Gotham Health sites’ dental programs across the five boroughs of New York City. DentaQuest also contributed $50,000 to acquire a supply of personal hygiene kits that will be distributed to families at community centers, health centers, and homeless shelters across New York City.
These commitments follow the company’s recent contribution of $25,000 to support the continued work of Callen Lorde Health Centers during the pandemic and a $145,000 donation by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement to United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund.
“In our role providing dental benefits to over 4 million members in New York, we are working with our managed care partners, clients, and providers to make oral healthcare more affordable and easier to access with a focus on prevention,” said DentaQuest president and CEO Steve Pollock.
“During the pandemic, we are working hard to ensure a strong and resilient oral health community, and we are proud to lend our support to organizations helping millions of New Yorkers manage through a particularly challenging period,” said Pollock.