Case Study:

Bringing Oral Health Innovation to HLTH

SMILE Health ushered in a new era of innovation at HLTH 2023, introducing oral health to the conference for the first time in its six-year history and highlighting its critical role in impacting overall health, medical costs, and quality of life.

SMILE Health Innovation Program

The organization debuted its mission to make oral health more accessible, equitable, and integrated, sharing its solutions through educational events with more than 11,000 senior health leaders, including payers, providers, startups, and investors.

SMILE Health Demo Day

CareQuest Innovation Partners hosted a SMILE Health Demo Day at HLTH to provide a platform for startups to showcase their solutions.

Nine SMILE Health accelerator program participants demonstrated the potential impact of their solutions to advance integrated oral health.

Panel Participation

SMILE Health leadership and its supporters led five executive panels – facilitating visionary dialogue about the mission of integrated oral health – and shared a roadmap to success. Panel topics included: vision and dental health, strategic investing, home health, funding systemic health, and more.


Co-hosted by CareQuest Innovation Partners and the Henry Schein Foundation, this invite-only networking event provided an intimate forum for building relationships with 100+ thought leaders and mapping strategic outreach.


HLTH’s digital series provided an ideal platform for attendees to share topics related to oral health and the systemic health community.

Through panel discussions and in-person meetings, SMILE Health strengthened its reach and leadership, connecting with 850+ stakeholders across the ecosystem and expanding a pipeline of partners and startups.

The Results

Thanks to SMILE Health’s presence at HLTH 2023, startups had an opportunity to extend their reach across the healthcare ecosystem, advancing their solutions alongside mission-aligned leaders and organizations.


Healthcare professionals attended the conference


Executive-level panels featuring SMILE Health leaders


Individuals attended a closed-door networking event with CareQuest Innovation Partners and the Henry Schein Foundation


Contacts generated for SMILE Health at the event

HLTH 2024

CareQuest Innovation Partners will join four industry partners to bring the mission of SMILE Health to the 2024 HLTH conference on an even larger scale.
Selected startups and partners will have a prominent presence onsite – representing oral health and advocating for its integration and representation with overall health.

About SMILE Health

SMILE Health is the program where transformational solutions to improve oral health take center stage.

We support innovators who challenge norms and are ready to advance solutions that improve accessibility and equity and propel the integration between oral health and overall health.

To learn more about SMILE Health, visit our website.

Together we can empower innovation that helps the world SMILE.