The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Inc presented Meg Booth, MPH, executive director of the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), with the 2019 Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Innovator Award on October 16 at the New York University College of Dentistry.
Established in 2011, the Shils Fund honors individuals or organizations for promoting significant positive change in the dental community. This award recognizes Booth’s leadership at CDHP. Booth has served as CDHP executive director since 2016, and has also directed its policy strategy for a decade. In 2009, the organization won a years-long fight to make dental care a guaranteed benefit in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In 2010, CDHP’s efforts helped to further expand children’s oral health coverage with passage of the Affordable Care Act.
The CDHP’s recent efforts include pushing policymakers, providers, insurers, and other key players to prioritize oral health access during pregnancy, and advancing equity in children’s Medicaid dental care.
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