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The Access to Care Innovator Award seeks to recognize an individual whose passion and creativity allowed them to do less with more to provide Dental Homes for underserved children. It also represents an opportunity for the Foundation to recognize an innovator of our own, the individual who took the first step in leading the Foundation into access to care: Dr. Beverly Largent.

During a Foundation Board of Trustees meeting in February 2008, Board members were asked to name their greatest wish for the Foundation. Dr. Largent made the statement that she wished to “wipe out caries in kids.” Her declaration not only changed the nature of the conversation that day, it put the Foundation on a course that allowed it to issue nearly $8 million in grants that helped more than 700,000 children.

As AAPD President-Elect and into her term as AAPD President, Dr. Largent chaired the Foundation’s business plan task force that outlined a strategy that included issuing grants to support clinics providing care to underserved children. This group evolved into today’s Grants and Programs Committee.

In recognition of Dr. Beverly Largent’s own innovation and as a means for thanking her for her many contributions to the Foundation’s Access to Care work, Elevate Oral Care is proud to support the Dr. Beverly A. Largent Access to Care Innovator Award


The AAPD Foundation, along with Elevate Oral Care, has established a new award recognizing a deserving individual for excellence in providing dental care for children from families that cannot afford it. The Dr. Beverly A. Largent Access to Care Innovator Award will feature a $10,000 cash award for the recipient’s organization and a trip to receive the award during AAPD 2023 in Orlando.


Since 2010, the AAPD Foundation has issued nearly $8 million in grants and commitments supporting community-based organizations nationwide in their efforts to provide Dental Homes for underserved children. Our grantees are led by committed, passionate, and creative individuals who often toil in anonymity, putting the needs of the children they serve ahead of everything else.

This passion and commitment often leads to creative solutions and problem solving, allowing them to do less with more in order to provide Dental Homes to underserved children.

The Access to Care Innovator Award seeks to shine a light on a selected individual whose efforts are making a difference for children in his/her community.

The deserving individual will receive

  • A $10,000 cash award for his/her agency/organization that may be applied to any expense in support of Access to Care (Upon receiving award, recipient must specify how the funds are being used).
  • Airfare and accommodations for the recipient and a guest to attend AAPD 2023 in Orlando, including two tickets to the AAPD Foundation donor recognition reception, where the award will be given


    Individuals currently affiliated with a current or previous AAPD Foundation Access to Care Grant recipient (staff member or volunteer), previous Access to Care Grant applicant, or other representative from a 501(C)(3) nonprofit clinic or dental school are eligible for consideration. Anyone affiliated with the grantee organization (supervisor, colleague, Board member, grateful parent) may submit a nomination. Nominees may be in direct care or supporting roles.

    Individuals may self-nominate, however, third-party nominations are preferred.


    All nominations must be submitted via AAPD Foundation’s online application system. Nominations received by any other means (e-mail, USPS, etc.) will not be considered.

    Requested nomination information will include:

    • Nominee’s name, title and role for the organization
    • Description of the organization and/or its mission
    • Number of children served annually by the organization and a general overview of the dental services provided
    • A brief narrative describing the nature of the challenge/problem facing the nominee
    • A brief narrative describing what the nominee did to address the challenge/problem described above
    • A personal statement about the nominee
    • Nominee’s bio (no more than two pages, submitted as .pdf)


      Individuals are welcome to submit nominations until 4 pm CST on March 10, 2023. Nominators will receive notifications on the application status by April 10, 2023. Please note that all email communication will come solely through the online application interface.

      If you have any questions, please contact the AAPD Foundation’s Grants and Programs Coordinator Jasmine Williams at or (773) 938-4989, between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm CST.