We are excited to launch of the next phase of "Wearing is Caring," a Henry Schein Cares Foundation public health campaign in partnership with The UPS Foundation. The second phase focuses on raising awareness about the integral connection between oral health and systemic wellness. Poor oral health has been found to negatively impact overall health, and is significantly associated with chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and stroke. Henry Schein Cares Foundation's Public Health Awareness Campaign first launched in October 2020 with a prominent focus on promoting access to health among underserved communities, and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in hot spots.
The Henry Schein Cares Foundation is supporting select local Special Olympics Programs with funding towards Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® programs, which provide health screenings and education in eight different disciplines, including oral health, for Special Olympics athletes.
Special Smiles, the oral health portion of the Healthy Athletes program, fills a need for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and offers a complete dental history, education about the importance of good oral hygiene habits, and a dental exam. The Special Smiles program is integrated within the broader Healthy Athletes program affording people with intellectual disabilities holistic health care, which improves patient outcomes and reduces the overall cost of care.
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The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Foundation aims to improve the oral health of the public and support the efforts of the general dentist and AGD. Their primary focus is oral/oropharyngeal cancer awareness, risk factor education and diagnostic training for general dentists. During AGD2021, which took place in Austin, Texas from June 9-12, the AGD Foundation offered free oral cancer screenings. The screenings were offered to both attendees of the AGD2021 scientific session and employees of the event's host hotel, Fairmount Hotel Austin. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the AGD Foundation was able to screen over 60 individuals. Henry Schein Cares donated supplies for the screenings, including gloves, mini flashlights, and disposable mirrors. Henry Schein Cares is grateful to have helped AGD Foundation as they actively worked to improve the surrounding community's oral health.
Pan-African Rural Health and Social Services (PRHeSS) is dedicated to improving sanitation, providing quality health care services, and promoting human empowerment through social and economic development to restore hope and dignity to rural Africans. PRHeSS takes a multi-faceted approach to improving quality of life in the community they serve. The organization is part of Henry Schein Cares' Global Product Donation Program (GPDP), which provides a broad selection of medical and dental supplies to nongovernmental organizations in the U.S. and abroad. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone, Henry Schein Cares also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to support PRHeSS as they worked to mitigate the spread of the disease. Henry Schein Cares is proud to partner with PRHeSS and values their continued commitment to service.
On June 6, 2021 at MetLife Stadium, the FDNY and NYPD faced off in the 48th annual Fun City Bowl, a football game benefitting the First Responders Children's Foundation. First Responders Children's Foundation provides financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. Additionally, the Foundation supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large. This year, the event commemorated the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Henry Schein Cares is proud to have supported the First Responders Children's Foundation by donating masks and gloves for Fun City Bowl volunteers.
Corbin's Legacy, a nonprofit organization in Arizona, has partnered with their local county health department and other local charities to provide COVID-19 vaccines at a satellite vaccination site in Mesa, Arizona. This site provided access to the vaccine for individuals with disabilities, particularly those with IDD. The volunteers assisted with language, technology, and transportation to those who are vulnerable and have limited resources. Henry Schein Cares was able to support their efforts by providing additional PPE for the volunteers.
Henry Schein is proud to support Magic Tooth Bus with in-kind products as they served approximately 3,000 people this year. The mission of Magic Tooth Bus (MTB) is to provide accessible dental care and education to low-income communities in San Francisco. MTB envisions a world free of dental disease. Their values are centered on equity, accessibility, and the community.
MTB works to carry out the mission by providing oral health presentations and workshops; outreach services such as assisting with oral health enrollment and providing resources for care; brushing and flossing demonstrations; and is in the process of commencing mobile oral health screenings and preventative services. MTB programs target all populations, including historically underserved and low-income children, families, and homeless populations in African American, Pacific Islander, Asian, Native American, and Latinx communities. Low-income and homeless communities are disproportionately plagued by dental disease due to systematic historical oppression. In fact, these communities served are eight times more likely to experience tooth decay before the age of 5. Magic Tooth Bus value in community-focus ensures that they have a holistic culturally competent approach to their services. Ultimately, MTB believes that dental health is a human right. Their goal is to build a healthier community by decreasing the rate of cavity prevalence and dental diseases. Magic Tooth Bus provides a fun, creative and engaging curriculum to present to students and families on sites. Magic Tooth Bus creates a magical experience for the children in San Francisco by giving them oral health tips and quicker access to dental services.
To date, Magic Tooth Bus has helped over 2,500 low-income families, easily surpassing 3,000 people. They've done this through partnerships with CBO's, Head Start, SF Unified School District and Henry Schein. Magic Tooth Bus is a resource for teachers, parents and caregivers for oral health questions and concerns. Targeting young children and their families will establish a foundation for success in keeping the mouth healthy and clean. Magic Tooth Bus has a goal in developing a fun oral health curriculum that is easy to follow and accessible for low-income families. Through the power of education and prevention instilled in the curriculum of Magic Tooth Bus, the community can be given the tools to combat the progression of disease.