DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health organization, announced its 2020 Health Equity Heroes – Heroes in the Time of COVID-19. Now in its sixth year, the DentaQuest Health Equity Hero awards program celebrates individuals who are going above and beyond to expand access to equitable oral care and health care.
“Coronavirus exposed stark truths about our nation’s long-standing health disparities, hitting low-income communities especially hard and highlighting gaps in health literacy, access to care and trust in our systems of care,” said DentaQuest President and CEO Steve Pollock. “DentaQuest is proud to once again highlight the outstanding work of individuals who are responding to the health challenges of our time. The 2020 Health Equity Heroes in the Age of COVID-19 are bright spots that give us a glimpse of our country’s potential for compassion and change.”
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Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman’s passion to improve the oral health and wellbeing of the Hispanic community led her to establish the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association and the Hispanic International Mission. In addition to working as a periodontist and professor at Tufts University School of Dentistry during the pandemic, she launched a research project to understand “Heath Disparities as a Result of COVID-19” among underserved communities. Dr. Nieto-Herman is supporting the Hispanic International Mission with her award.