As part of an ongoing commitment to invest in the future dental workforce, DentaQuest, a part of Sun Life U.S., is contributing to increased access to oral health care by expanding the number of practicing dentists. They achieved this through a recent donation of $30,000 to Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSoD). This donation was specifically designated to support incoming students enrolled in its academic enrichment program for the school year that commenced this September. For DentaQuest, this contribution is part of a larger investment initiative aimed at cultivating a diverse dental workforce across the country.
More precisely, this donation bolsters MUSoD’s Dental School Enrichment Program (DSEP), a comprehensive five-week curriculum designed to reinforce skills and equip incoming students for success in MUSoD’s demanding four-year program. DSEP offers participants a comprehensive overview of fall semester work, encompassing instructor-led sessions and hands-on simulation lab courses.
“Both DentaQuest and Marquette University School of Dentistry are dedicated to fostering a dental care workforce that has the knowledge, skills, compassion and confidence to provide excellent dental care to patients of all walks of life,” said Brett Bostrack, DentaQuest’s Chief Network Officer. “By investing in programs like the university’s Dental School Enrichment Program, we’re responding to a growing need for more dental care professionals and supporting efforts to prepare a future dental care workforce that is as diverse as the patients in need of dental care – a critical piece of the overall health puzzle.”
“As Wisconsin’s first and only dental school, Marquette University School of Dentistry is committed to helping all students who dream of becoming dentists have a pathway to the profession by offering an immersive experience that connects students to resources, practitioners, and the community,” said Teon Austin, director of diversity and inclusion at the School of Dentistry. “With the help of DentaQuest, we’re opening new pathways to grow the dental workforce and supporting students as they begin their journey in the dental profession.”
Since 1996, the summer enrichment program has made a difference for 200 MUSoD graduates who otherwise would not have been accepted into the four-year dental degree program. The university’s impact extends beyond its student body to the entire state, as MUSoD serves patients across Wisconsin, providing more than $16 million in dental services in Milwaukee alone. Of those who graduate from MUSoD, 74% are from Wisconsin and currently practice in the state.
DentaQuest provides dental benefits for nearly 130,000 people across the state, as well as vision benefits for 30,000 individuals. With a primary office location in Milwaukee and a staff of 286, DentaQuest has been investing in the state as an employer and benefits provider since 2014.
DentaQuest, part of Sun Life U.S., is a purpose-driven health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. We do this through Preventistry® — our inclusive approach to quality care and expanded access built on trusted partnerships between patients, providers and payors.
As one of the nation’s largest and most experienced Medicaid dental benefits administrators, we manage dental and vision benefits for more than 33 million Americans through a nationwide network of providers in all 50 states. Our outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions are designed for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals. At the same time, we are expanding our footprint of more than 70 oral health centers in six states to deliver direct patient care in rural and underserved populations.
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