PARSIPPANY, N.J. — January 22, 2019 —
Delta Dental of New Jersey is pleased to announce that Dr. Keith Libou, Chief Clinical Officer, has joined the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association
in New Jersey and Somerset County Business Partnership
From his more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Libou brings strong network management experience, extensive knowledge of dental managed care, as well as the dental benefits industry. Dr. Libou’s experience complements his role at Delta Dental of New Jersey where, for the past four years, he has been directly involved with integrating the connection between oral health and overall health, as well as providing oversight of the company’s dental consultants, professional relations department, overall network and clinical support.
“The impact dental health has on mental health is an important topic that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. We look forward to having Dr. Libou be a part of the board and provide a crucial level of insight that will set the stage for how these two topics are discussed in New Jersey,” said Carolyn Beauchamp, CEO of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
For the Somerset County Business Partnership, Dr. Libou will bring to the board his ability to connect the business community with the need for good oral health for employees. “Employee health, including oral health and insurance coverage, is of paramount importance to the small business community who requires an active, healthy and engaged workforce,” says president and CEO, Michael Kerwin.
About Keith Libou
Dr. Keith Libou, Chief Clinical Officer of Delta Dental of New Jersey, has over 15 years of experience on both the clinical and insurance sides of dentistry working at large group practices such as Dental Care Alliance, Oral Health Services and Cigna Dental. At Delta Dental of New Jersey, he has played a pivotal role in having diabetes chairside A1C blood testing recognized as being within the scope of dental practice by the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry. Following the successful launch of a pilot program he oversaw in urban communities, he was also a key voice in having the American Dental Association approve a code allowing for dentists to screen at-risk patients for diabetes by measuring their average blood sugar (A1C) level and for Delta Dental of New Jersey to cover (beginning in 2019) the HbA1C procedure for many of its members who are at risk for diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes.
Licensed to practice dentistry in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, he studied biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and he later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his D.M.D.
About Delta Dental
Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. is New Jersey’s leading dental benefits company, providing or administering coverage to more than 1.7 million people through contracts with groups in New Jersey and Connecticut. In Connecticut, Delta Dental of Connecticut, Inc. is a licensed insurer that writes dental coverage on an insured basis, and Delta Dental of New Jersey administers self-funded dental benefit programs.