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    Delta Dental of Massachusetts Selects Local Leader as 2017 Health Equity Hero

    Dr. Michelle Dalal recognized for leadership in education, pediatrics, and bridging medical and dental care in Massachusetts

    BOSTON – Delta Dental of Massachusetts, the leading provider of dental benefits in Massachusetts, today announced the recipient of its 2017 Health Equity Hero award – Michelle Dalal, M.D., pediatrician and chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP) Oral Health Committee. Now in its second year, the Health Equity Hero award honors a local leader for unparalleled contributions to enhancing health throughout Massachusetts.
    In addition to her work as a pediatrician at Reliant Medical Group (Milford, Massachusetts) and as a clinical associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Dalal leads the MCAAP Oral Health Committee where she works closely with stakeholders to develop and disseminate oral health information to pediatricians. She also was a steering committee member and contributor to the Massachusetts Oral Health Practice Guidelines for Pregnancy and Early Childhood 2016, among other crucial projects to enhance oral health in Massachusetts.
    “Dr. Dalal is an outstanding leader and advocate,” said Dennis Leonard, president of Delta Dental of Massachusetts. “We commend her efforts in education and her crucial partnerships with pediatricians to share oral health information that enhances the health of children across the state.”
    In recognition of her selection as the 2017 Health Equity Hero, the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Citizenship Fund will make a $1,000 donation in Dr. Dalal’s name to the Reliant Foundation to be used for Children's mental health projects.
    About Delta Dental of Massachusetts
    Delta Dental of Massachusetts (, the largest provider of dental benefits in the state, is a national leader in innovative programs to improve the overall health of our members, prevent oral disease and reduce health care costs for employers, groups and individuals. Headquartered in Charlestown, Mass., Delta Dental of Massachusetts covers more than 2 million members. Delta Dental of Massachusetts is a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association (, whose member companies provide dental benefits to more than 62 million people enrolled in more than 114,000 groups across the nation.
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