CDA Foundation receives $25,000 from DentaQuest

The CDA Foundation's Student Loan Repayment Grant program received a $25,000 donation from DentaQuest to help a recent dental school graduate repay educational loans in exchange for working in an underserved community.

As a flagship program of the Foundation, the Student Loan Repayment Grant offers $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment to care for the underserved. The most recent recipient is Sonia Relingo, DDS, who provides care at United Health Center in Mendota.

"This donation from DentaQuest will have a tremendous impact in California communities where people have difficulty accessing dental care," said CDA Foundation Chair Don Rollofson, DMD. "We are very grateful for DentaQuest's support of our programs throughout the years and we look forward to a long-term partnership."

DentaQuest, the second largest dental benefits administrator in the country, works with its charitable foundation, oral health quality improvement research institute, and care delivery organization to improve oral health nationwide.

"Supporting programs like the Student Loan Repayment Grant that increase access to care in underserved communities directly furthers DentaQuest's mission to improve the oral health of all," said Steve Pollock, president and CEO of DentaQuest. "The CDA Foundation's commitment to improving access to care for people in underserved communities is critical and we are proud to help this initiative continue its lasting impact on many lives."

Since 2002, the Student Loan Repayment Grant has enabled 16 dentists to embrace their dream of working in public health and helped more than 75,000 patients in underserved communities to receive $20.5 million in care.

For more information about the Student Loan Repayment Grant, visit cdafoundation.org.

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