Avery joined the DentaQuest Partnership (DQP) in June 2017. As the Editorial Content Manager, he focuses on content creation, manuscript and research brief development, strategic communications as they relate to Partnership activities, and works closely with key stakeholders to continue positioning the Partnership as a thought leader in oral health. He assists with research projects through the research and publication process, provides drafting assistance, and coordinates presentations, lectures, and keynote addresses.
With more than fifteen years of experience Avery brings a wealth of expertise to the Partnership. Prior to joining DQP, he spent four years with the State of Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Health Services. He has expertise in Medicaid, state and federal health policy, survey and research methodology, data analysis and strategic policy communications for different audiences. He has presented and published research on oral health, health disparities, LGBT intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on state and federal Medicaid policy.
Avery received his BA and MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he developed the first reliable and valid survey to measure intimate partner violence in the LGBT population. He earned a second MA in Critical Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art where he focused on the contributions of artists to their communities in the wake of the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s.
Avery is based remotely in the Washington, DC area.