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AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) is proud to announce Chief Programs Officer Susan (Sue) Campion has won a 2016 Health Equity Heroes award. Given by DentaQuest, this national honor focuses on those committed to improving oral health of those in need, and is given in recognition of an individual’s commitment to the basic principle that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation or ability should have the opportunity to access resources enabling them to lead healthy lives. Sue embodies all of that and more, and ASA is grateful to call her one of our own and cannot think of a more deserving recipient of this honor.

Last year, Sue led the move and renovation of ASA’s Jack Sansing Dental Clinic. The only standalone clinic providing services to HIV positive people in central Texas, the new state of the art facility can see 1,600 patients a year (a 33% increase), and has increased its ability to serve clients quickly and to complete their treatment plans having a positive impact on their overall health, all in a beautiful and welcoming space. 

In addition to her amazing work with the Jack Sansing Dental Clinic, Sue has dedicated more than 25 years to the mission and vision of AIDS Services of Austin, beginning as a volunteer in 1991, then serving as a board member, supporter, and 16 years on staff.

Day in and day out Sue’s experience and passion go to work eliminating the health disparities ASA clients face in the battle to take control of their health. Her strategic guidance and leadership of ASA’s programs and services spans range from legal services, to food and nutrition, to dental care, housing, and HIV prevention. Sue has given tirelessly of herself to help central Texans affected by HIV and AIDS. Thank you for all you do for ASA and the Austin Community Sue, and congratulations on being named a 2016 Health Equity Hero.

The annual Health Equity Hero awards recognize select leaders for their incredible efforts to advance and improve health in communities across the country. Based in Boston, Mass., DentaQuest is the largest oral health company in the Medicaid space in the United States. Along with its charitable DentaQuest Foundation, its clinical DentaQuest Care Group and its educational DentaQuest Institute, its mission is to improve the oral health of all. To learn more about DentaQuest, check out Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and its blog.