First recipients of the Delta Dental Institute AADOCR Oral Health Equity Research Award announced

Thursday, March 16 – Washington, D.C. – The Delta Dental Institute and the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) are proud to name Astha Singhal, PhD, Boston University Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research and the team of Cameron Randall, PhD, University of Washington Assistant Professor, Oral Health Sciences, and Tamanna Tiwari, BDS, MDS, MPH, University of Colorado Assistant Professor of Community Dentistry & Population Health, as the inaugural recipients of the Delta Dental Institute AADOCR Oral Health Equity Research Award.

Established with generous support from the Delta Dental Institute, the Oral Health Equity Research Award supports two research awards of $25,000 each in the areas of 1) advancing recommendations for greater oral health equity in populations that lack access to dental care, and 2) improving oral health literacy for underserved populations.

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    Access & Equity Award – Dr. Singhal will conduct research centered on Medicaid adult dental benefits and racial/ethnic disparities in access to dental care among low-income women during pregnancy and postpartum periods.

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    Oral Health Literacy Award – Drs. Randall and Tiwari will pursue research identifying the relationships between acculturation, oral health literacy, and health behaviors in Hispanic parents.

The award winners were recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the AADOCR, which was held in conjunction with the 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), that took place on March 15, 2023.

To learn more about the Delta Dental Institute AADOCR Oral health Equity Research Award please visit this page.



The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive dental, oral, and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. AADOCR represents the individual scientists, clinician-scientists, dental professionals, and students based in academic, government, non-profit and private-sector institutions who share our mission. AADOCR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research. Learn more at

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