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CDM Wins Award for Preventive Care to Children and Young Adults

The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine received two QARR Dental Center of Excellence Awards earlier this month. These awards from DentaQuest were given in recognition of the school’s work expanding access to preventive oral healthcare for Medicaid and Medicaid/CHIP-eligible children and young adults covered by Affinity Health Plan and Healthfirst.

CDM received second place in the Academic Dental Center/Hospital category for awards from both plans. The two awards, totaling $20,000, will help the school continue to provide much-needed services to patients while educating the next generation of oral healthcare leaders.

 “As the largest source of oral healthcare to our upper Manhattan community, we strive each day to provide quality care to underserved patients of all ages,” said Tina Stimpson, Chief Clinic Officer for the College of Dental Medicine, who accepted the award along with Robert Armada, Senior Director of Compliance for Clinical Finance and Operations. “We were delighted to receive recognition for this work.”

Awards were presented on July 9, 2019, at a special luncheon at Eastwood Manor in the Bronx, NY. Recipients were selected based on the number of visits from and preventive services performed for Medicaid and CHIP-covered patients between the ages of 2-20 in the 2018 calendar year. The overall percentage of patients in this category treated by each institution was also considered. 


About Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM), one of the nation’s first dental schools, educates general dentists and specialists to practice dentistry as the oral health specialty of medicine. CDM provides comprehensive, precision care to over 30,000 patients each year through more than 130,000 visits, making CDM the largest source of oral health care to underserved upper Manhattan communities. A centerpiece of the school’s offerings is the new Center for Precision Dental Medicine, a clinic that will personalize care and education through big data and first-of-its-kind technology. Other programs bring oral healthcare to local schools, seniors, and community centers. For more information, visit