Donated Product Will Be Used At Up To 50 Free Mission of Mercy Dental Clinics Across the U.S.
Posted: February 1, 2018
Edited by Dentaltown staff
MELVILLE, N.Y.—Henry Schein recently announced its commitment to donate up to $250,000 in health care products over two years to the America's Dentists Care Foundation (ADCF). The donation supports the delivery of free oral health care to people in need and is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program.
With its two-year ADCF partnership, Henry Schein will donate health care product kits valued at $5,000 each, containing gloves, gauze, gowns and masks. The kits will support the ADCF's work at up to 50 Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental clinics, which provide free oral health care to people living in underserved communities across the U.S.
MOM events are staffed by volunteer dentists and dental hygienists who provide dental exams, X-rays, fillings, extractions and instructions on proper oral hygiene to people in need. Dental assistants and lay volunteers also contribute to the efforts in various capacities. According to the ADCF, the clinics it supports see about 70 patients per hour, with each patient receiving approximately $500 in free dental care, on average.
"Mission of Mercy and other charitable dental clinics provide a critical access point for many people and families who rely on us for quality oral health care, so we thank Team Schein for their generous donation," said Bill Blasing, executive director, ADCF. "These supplies will help our volunteer dental professionals to not only provide care for our patients and improve function, but also restore their confidence as well."
This donation continues Henry Schein and ADCF's partnership to improve the oral health of people in need by supporting MOM events, as the company made a similar contribution to the foundation in support of 44 free clinics that took place in 2016–2017. At those 44 events, volunteer oral health professionals treated more than 60,000 patients and delivered almost $50 million worth of free care.
"We are pleased to continue partnering with the America's Dentists Care Foundation, as their efforts to expand access to care for people in need align with our mission to 'help health happen' for underserved communities," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein. "The health kits we provide will help the volunteer dental professionals at each Mission of Mercy event provide quality care to their patients and help set each person treated on the path to improved oral health, which is deeply connected to overall health."