Flint of Delta Dental Receives NADP Gabryl Award
Association’s Highest Honor Recognizes Contributions to Dental Benefits Industry
Minneapolis, Minn. - (October 19, 2015). For his leadership and representation of the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) and the dental benefits industry on a variety of critical issues at the height of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, Forrest M. Flint of Delta Dental of Minnesota earned the 2015 Gabryl Award, the association’s highest honor.
NADP presented the Gabryl Award during CONVERGE 2015, its recent annual conference in Palm Desert, California. The Gabryl Award honors long-term volunteer achievements that help NADP fulfill its mission to promote and advance the dental benefits industry and improve consumer access to affordable, quality dental care. NADP Gabryl Award recipients are nominated by volunteers and selected by the Board of Directors.
“Forrest’s remarkable leadership skills proved an invaluable asset to our industry and association during a critical time for dental benefits companies. We were honored to have someone of Forrest’s caliber and knowledge in a leadership position and are proud to award him the 2015 Gabryl Award” said Evelyn Ireland, NADP Executive Director.
Flint was nominated by the NADP Government Relations Commission for his tireless efforts on behalf of the industry at the height of ACA implementation. His NADP participation includes service on multiple volunteer groups, including the Education Commission, Alternative Revenue Task Force, and the Nominating Committee. Flint also served 6 years on the NADP Board of Directors and was chair in 2013. He was a team player who participated on the Health Care Reform Task Force (now the Commission on Advocacy Policy) during the formation and passage of the Affordable Care Act, supporting NADP in navigating Congress and receiving critical input from members. In 2012 he also received the NADP Star Award for membership recruitment.
Flint has been involved in dental group practice and the dental benefits industry for 30 years. He began his career in dentistry in 1985 at Park Dental as the first chief operating officer of the dental group, and also led the development of MedCenters Dental Plan in Minneapolis Minnesota. He attended his first NADP conference in 1990, which was the second meeting of the National Association of Prepaid Dental Plans.
Forrest Flint joined Delta Dental of Minnesota in April 2015 as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation and plays a vital role in dental benefit product development. He is tasked with identifying new opportunities for growth and business retention as well as creating strategies to further provider partnership relationships.
Prior to coming to Delta Dental, Forrest was the Director of Dental Plan Relations for Park Dental and The Dental Specialists, where he was responsible for the dental insurance arrangements of the organization. Park Dental and TDS have over 130 general and specialist dentists practicing in over 50 practice locations in Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
From May 2000 to 2012 Forrest Flint was the Vice President of HealthPartners Dental Plan, where he was responsible for the overall performance of the dental insurance plan area of the organization. From November 1996 to 2000, Forrest Flint was the vice president of business development for American Dental Partners, Inc. in Wakefield Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was the executive director of Park Dental in Minneapolis. Forrest Flint is a past Board Member of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. from 1984 to 1985 he was an investment banker in the health care finance group of Dain Bosworth, Inc. in Minneapolis. From 1978 to 1983 Flint was the Director of the South Dakota Division of Health Services. “At Delta Dental of Minnesota, we join the National Association of Dental Plans in celebrating and recognizing Forrest Flint’s passion and contributions in advancing the goal of improving access to the highest quality dental care. His efforts on behalf of the entire oral health community have been exceptional. We are proud and elated he has joined our team to carry on his noteworthy efforts. Congratulations Forrest, and thank you to the National Association of Dental Plans for this award recognizing Forrest’s many tireless efforts,” said Rodney Young, Chief Executive Officer and President at Delta Dental of Minnesota.
National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is the “representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry.” NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP’s members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to more than 177 million Americans, approximately 92 percent of all Americans with dental benefits.
About Delta Dental of Minnesota:
Delta Dental of Minnesota is an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit health services company that serves the oral health needs of Minnesota and North Dakota residents. Since 1969, Delta Dental of Minnesota has accomplished this mission by providing the best access across the state to oral health care through affordable dental plans. Delta Dental is an authorized licensee of the Delta Dental Plans Association of Oak Brook, Illinois. To learn more, go to www.deltadentalmn.org