Wearing is Caring
A Henry Schein Cares Foundation public health campaign in partnership with The UPS Foundation
Campaign Kickoff +
In October 2020, Henry Schein Cares in partnership with The UPS Foundation launched Wearing is Caring, a public health campaign designed to raise awareness of health care disparities in underserved communities and the need for social distancing and the importance of wearing face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The campaign is aligned with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that encouraged the use of cotton or cloth face coverings in public spaces to reduce community spread.
Stanley M. Bergman
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
“The ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign is another demonstration of Henry Schein Cares Foundation’s commitment to help advocate for public health, health equity, and wellness. Together with non-profit organizations and valued supplier partners, the Foundation can further its efforts to help support local safety net health systems, which provide essential care for those most in need.”
To learn from industry thought leaders about the impact that the pandemic has had on their organizations, and how Henry Schein Cares Foundation’s “Wearing is Caring” campaign aligns with their efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, see below for more insights.
MD, FIDSA, Senior Scholar and Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
“Currently with COVID-19 it’s basically impossible to know if you’re contagious to others at any given moment, wearing a face covering is one tool that has emerged to reduce the risk of transmission. High levels of face covering use in the population make activities safer for everyone in the current environment.”
Lead, Business Engagement and Strategy, COVID Action Platform, World Economic Forum
“The World Economic Forum’s COVID Action Platform continues to mobilize all stakeholders to protect lives and livelihoods, and has launched global efforts to help protect those especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. As the world has passed the terrible milestone of over 1 million deaths as a result of COVID-19, our capacity to come together to tackle the shared challenges before us is critical. We are glad to count Henry Schein as a partner in our efforts to ensure every person on earth has equal access to the highest standards of health and healthcare. Joining forces is the fastest way to end the pandemic and to reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, more prosperous future.”
Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi
Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General
“The magnitude of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as the widest and fastest-spreading public health emergency in a century has put a spotlight on global response efforts. There are no shortcuts, and no silver bullets. The answer is a comprehensive approach using every tool available. Under Stan Bergman’s leadership, Henry Schein has played an important role in the fight against COVID-19. As a Founding Member of the Global Humanitarian Action Executive Alliance, Henry Schein has come out in full force to partner with the UN and governments in the fight through promoting key health measures. The virus transmits mainly between close contacts and causes outbreaks that can be controlled. We know that proper mask wearing and social distancing prevent transmission and ultimately can save lives. This is not theory. I applaud entities, like Henry Schein Cares Foundation, who are raising awareness. We must work together, empower, educate and engage communities.”
Lily T. Garcia
DDS, MS, FACP, Dean and Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
“Wearing is caring. A simple message but one with incredible impact on everyone around you and especially for your own well-being. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine COVID Response Team implemented engineering- and administrative-control measures early on to continue our operations to the extent possible while doing our best to monitor safety. Our clinics provided urgent care management and emergency dental care, in part, to care for patients that might otherwise go to hospital emergency rooms that were overwhelmed. We worked and continue to work with our dental industry colleagues as they support our profession and our academic dental institutions. When I learned that Henry Schein partnered with ADEA to keep shipping costs low and help distribute FEMA-KN95 masks to dental schools, it is clear our work together helps all of us manage issues in the coming months. With the realization that our colleagues—the dental students—are living in this new reality, I am confident that they are learning to be transformational oral healthcare providers who will help refine what it means to be a dentist, a frontline healthcare provider.”
Linda C. Niessen
DMD, MPH, MPP Dean and Professor, College of Dental Medicine Vice Provost for Oral Health Affairs Kansas City University
“As the country continues to face a deadly pandemic that has killed over 210,000 Americans, short of having a vaccine, a facial covering is the simplest and easiest measure we can take to curb this virus. Science is an evolving process and since the pandemic started, we have learned that some members of our population are at greater risk than others and masks are an effective way to prevent the transmission of this disease. Henry Schein Cares Foundation remains committed to preventing this disease through their ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign. As a health professional, I want to protect everyone, and proudly support this campaign. Protect yourself, your family, your friends, and those you come into contact with. Take the simple and respectful step of wearing a mask. It will save lives!”
BDS, MPH, MBA, DRPH, Dean, Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University
“Our knowledge of the course of infection and treatment for COVID-19 is still incomplete. Given this, wearing masks—appropriately—when in contact with any individual is an effective preventive measure, as is disinfecting your hands and face. Fortunately for the dental community, Henry Schein has been at the forefront, delivering dentists the required PPE, and providing updates on available testing, and aerosol management solutions. The company’s mask campaign is another example of their commitment to help customers, and the communities they serve, overcome significant hurdles amid COVID-19.”
Cherae M. Farmer-Dixon
DDS, MSPH, FACD, Dean and Professor, School of Dentistry, Meharry Medical College
“COVID-19 IS A SERIOUS MATTER! It does not discriminate against race, age, sex, or gender. Unfortunately, as the death toll continues to rise in many areas, we are seeing that this virus is significantly impacting the African American community and people of color at a disproportionately higher rate. It is so important that we do as much as we can to fight the spread of this deadly disease by remembering to social distance by at least six feet, stay at home if you have a fever or other COVID-19 related symptoms, and wear a mask while you are away from home. If we all do a little, with this deadly virus, we can do a lot in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus.” #dontbeavector
Andrea D. Jackson
DDS, MS, FACP, FACD, FICD, Dean & Professor, Howard University College of Dentistry
“Wearing of mask is vital to us combatting this devastating virus. The impact of COVID 19 is having an enormous effect on our way of life as we once knew it. The effects are disproportionate in African Americans and other people of color, highlighting the health care disparities that exist in our nation. The guidelines of maintaining social distance and avoiding crowds, vigilant hand hygiene, and most importantly wearing a face covering at all times when in the presence of others, is most important to prevent the spread of this highly infectious virus. We must all continue our vigilance in keeping everyone safe. We are thankful to the continued and invaluable support of Henry Schein, a long-time supporter of health care initiatives, with a special thank you from the dental profession, for all that they continue to do to provide PPE to healthcare workers and those on the front lines to combat this horrible disease. Their partnership with FEMA and ADEA to assist in the low cost shipping/distribution of KN 95 masks to the dental schools is just one example of their continuous support.”
A. Isabel Garcia
D.D.S., M.P.H., Dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry
“Today it is even more important to continue measures that help slow the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is a simple and highly effective infection control measure. It isn’t a sign of weakness or fear. It is a show of support, solidarity and respect for those who serve us all. To help amplify this message, we support Henry Schein Cares Foundation’s ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign as it helps raise awareness of health care disparities and wearing of face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, I realized the impact the approaching pandemic would have on our school’s education, research and patient care missions. With safety as our top priority, our college continued to provide emergency oral care for patients throughout Gainesville and beyond during this crisis. We added a video appointment service, or ‘teledentistry,’ to triage patients, prescribe medications and help our medical colleagues by minimizing the use of hospital emergency departments for dental problems. In the summer, we slowly opened our dental centers and returned to providing normal care with additional precautions. We hope to continue to deliver this essential care, and we will work our partners, such as Henry Schein, to ensure we have what we need to continue to do so, safely.”
Mark S. Wolff
DDS, PhD, Morton Amsterdam Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
“A significant number of people in our communities have severe outcomes from this preventable infection. Because this preventable infection has debilitating and deadly effects on the aging population and others who have pre-existing risk factors, such as heart and lung disease, it’s important that we remain vigilant. Together with the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and in support of its ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign, UPENN Dental Medicine encourages all to wear a mask, especially when near others, practice safe socially distancing, and use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces. Thank you, Team Schein, for your outstanding support of dentistry and dental schools, for your continued advocacy on important health care issues, and for leading the way in bringing Point of Care testing for SARS-COV2 virus to the dental office and our Universities.”
Scott S. De Rossi
DMD, MBA, Dean and Professor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adams School of Dentistry
“COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that we are learning more about each day. It is not only the unknowns and the questions that make us take this virus seriously, but also the things we do know. We do know that COVID-19 kills people—and we must take it seriously to protect those we love and those for whom we provide oral health care. We do not know the long-term effects of COVID-19 on those that recover from the virus—and we must take it seriously to try to protect the long-term health of those around us. As health care providers, we have an obligation to our patients and our colleagues to do everything we can to protect them. In order to do that, we must take COVID-19 seriously not only in the dental operatory but in our personal lives. We know wearing a mask works to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, it is critical to wear a mask to protect those we love, those we provide care for and those with whom we work. ‘Wearing is caring.’ Schein continues to be a leader in global engagement and a critical partner in making the world a better place. Henry Schein has partnered with customers like us through the toughest of times, from economic downturns to natural disasters, and they are here now to help rebuild our capacity at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. And we are grateful for their partnership. We take our obligation to our patients, our colleagues and our friends seriously to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We adhere to the highest standard of preventive measures to keep not only our dental community safe, but also the campus and our surrounding community. What lies ahead is difficult to predict, except that oral health care will never be like it was prior to March 2020. Our profession has changed—in some ways, permanently. While I hesitate to speculate on specifics, I think the best service we can do to our profession and our patients is to remain flexible and nimble, and to continue to hold the overall health of our patients as paramount in all our decisions.”
Oral Health to Total Health +
The second phase focused 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.
The Henry Schein Cares Foundation supported 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.
Health Equity +
The third phase is focused on promoting health equity regarding education on and access to the COVID-19 vaccines. Awareness of and access to COVID-19 vaccines is critical to helping us navigate out of this pandemic. However, much work remains in engaging underserved communities. According to the CDC, approximately 56% of Americans are fully vaccinated with some Black or African American people and Hispanic or Latino people less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than people in other racial and ethnic minority groups and non-Hispanics. Other racial and ethnic minority groups, including American Indian or Alaska Native people, have also been more severely affected by COVID-19 than non-Hispanics due to gaps in health care access, employment and working conditions, education, income, and wealth.
Benefitting Charities +
Wearing is Caring Donation Benefitting Charities
National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation)
With support from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, the CDC Foundation has been able to meet critical needs during the COVID-19 crisis. As part of its overall emergency response to COVID-19, the CDC Foundation has distributed over 8 million pieces of personal protective equipment for frontline workers, provided laboratory and medical equipment and testing support, hired more than 1,000 surge staff for health departments, sponsored national communication campaigns, aided long-term care facilities and community-based organizations serving at-risk populations, and supported much-needed research.
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) has provided support to Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies through funding, access to needed PPE, supplies, telehealth programs and other resources. In turn, clinics were able to provide their communities with needed medications and food, COVID-19 screening, testing and vaccinations, and continued access to care while social distancing which also helped ease the burden on emergency departments. Through their relief efforts, NAFC has ensured that underserved communities have not been forgotten during this challenging time.
National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA)
As part of the “Wearing is Caring” public health campaign, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation provided financial support to the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA). Funds will support critical health care programs in underserved communities, promoting overall access to health care.
Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC)
Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), created an at-home care program to address the needs of its most vulnerable patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this program, nurses instruct patients on how to use instruments included in “home kits” to monitor their health and ensure that patients have the devices and skills necessary to attend telehealth appointments.
CrescentCare, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in New Orleans, Louisiana, has effectively and rapidly integrated COVID-19 response measures while preserving essential health services. The clinic has developed a walk-in testing site, ensured appropriate clinical evaluation, provided accurate public health information, and advocated for job safety on behalf of patients.
DePaul Community Health Centers (DCHC)
DePaul Community Health Centers (DCHC) is a federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Louisiana that provided patients with much-needed services during the pandemic, including COVID-19 testing and vaccination, telehealth appointments, and emergency dental care. DCHC has played an instrumental role in alleviating the effects of this ongoing health crisis on the underserved communities of Louisiana.
Coastal Family Health Center
Coastal Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Mississippi, has been working to ensure that the state’s rural population and communities of color receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Their mobile clinics, as well as their drive-through vaccination sites, have not only made the vaccine more accessible, but have helped to combat vaccine hesitancy.
Special Olympics Louisiana & Special Olympics Mississippi
The Henry Schein Cares Foundation supported select local Special Olympics Programs in Louisiana and Mississippi 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. These types of programs offer an integrated “total health” model.
In addition to supporting select local programs, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation supported Special Olympics’ continued work through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Choose Healthy Life
Choose Healthy Life is an initiative that ensures Black churches—the oldest and most trusted institutions in the Black community—receive the necessary resources, training, and support to address COVID-19 and other health disparities by making available health services to hard-to-reach communities.
Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID)
Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) is a national, non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the American Indian/Alaskan Native community and providing advocacy for American Indian/Alaskan Native dental professionals across the U.S.
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT)
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) are comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai tribes. Their mission is to adopt traditional principles and values into all facets of tribal operations and services so that its tribes become a completely self-sufficient society and economy.
Hispanic Dental Association
Hispanic Dental Association is the leading voice for Hispanic Oral Health. The organization provides service, education-research, advocacy, and leadership for all healthcare professionals, to promote overall health of the Hispanic/Latinx and underrepresented communities in support of their community Outreach Program in target areas, nationally.
As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of people all around the world, global health equity remains a top priority.
Global Health Equity +
Global Health Equity and COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that diseases have no boundaries and is impacting the lives of people around the world. As global health equity remains a top priority and health care providers continue to help their patients fight the virus, lower-income countries are not receiving the same opportunities for care.
The Solution is Global
Henry Schein Cares Foundation has partnered with the WHO Foundation to amplify and contribute to the Go Give One Initiative, a COVID-19 vaccine campaign with no borders. The money raised by the campaign goes to an international financial mechanism called GAVI COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC), which buys COVID-19 vaccines for the world, prioritizing those who need them the most in countries that cannot afford them. COVAX is the vaccines pillar of a ground-breaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable global access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. It is co-led by GAVI, the vaccine alliance, the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), alongside key delivery partner UNICEF.
The Go Give One Initiative calls on everyone, everywhere to play their part in helping to vaccinate the world against COVID-19.
To do your part, The WHO Foundation is calling on the public, employers, local charities, and national governments to raise awareness around the initiative.
Together we can vaccinate millions of people around the world, protecting our loved ones and our communities, and freeing us all from COVID-19.
Who Do You Trust? +
Who Do You Trust When it Comes to the COVID-19 Vaccine?
In an attempt to better understand an individual’s hesitancy to get vaccinated, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation commissioned a survey to find how much the average American values the opinion of their Primary Care Physician and how that opinion informs their decision to get the COVID vaccine or not. The results clearly indicate that most Americans who are hesitant to get vaccinated say they’d be willing to change their minds about getting the COVID-19 vaccine if their doctor reached out to them, or if there were incentives involved, according to the research.
Vaccine incentives are less likely to convince Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine than a visit to their primary care physician, new research suggests.
A recent survey of 2,005 respondents reveals that:
- 88% who went to a primary care physician before getting the vaccine (1,202 respondents) said their doctor’s advice was an instrumental factor in their decision.
- 88% also said they trust their primary care physician’s advice either completely or most of the time.
Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, the survey revealed that:
- it takes the average patient two years and nine months to establish a meaningful level of trust with their primary care physician.
- 94% of parents trust the advice of their child’s physician either completely or most of the time.
- 92% trust the advice of their child’s primary care dentist.
- Besides doctors, respondents cited the CDC (49%) as their primary source of COVID-19 information, followed by state health agencies/officials (47%) and their own family members (33%).
“The simplest way to convince people to get the vaccine is by getting a trusted medical professional involved,” said Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and current Co-Chair of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation’s board of directors. “The data from this survey ties in with what we’ve found, which is that an individual’s strong relationship with their primary care physician is essential for getting the right medical information and taking action to protect their health.”
Speaking of families, just over 62% of parents with children in the eligible age groups said they’ll get their kids vaccinated against COVID-19.
In fact, 76% of parents polled (1,233 respondents) said they were concerned about their child contracting the virus upon their return to in-person learning.
When it comes to respondents who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine yet, just 31% said a guaranteed incentive would convince them to get the shot, compared to 36% who said they would change their minds if the physician encouraged them to get it.
And 34% of those who said they hadn’t got it yet, would change their minds if the vaccine was administered by their primary care physician at their office.
The most popular incentive, not surprisingly, was cash, with 60% saying it would be their preferred benefit — although 74% also noted that the cash amount would have to be $50 or more.
Other popular incentives included meal or drink vouchers (21%), a free meal (20%) and retail vouchers (19%).
“Incentives might work in certain instances, but it’s clear that Americans are more likely to take the advice of their doctor than be swayed by free offers or monetary rewards,” said Dr. Sullivan. “That’s why we encourage all patients to ensure they have a physician or dentist they can trust, and who they can go to for medical advice. It’s the quickest and easiest way to avoid misinformation, and to stay informed about major health matters.”
Infographics and Media +
|Top 5 Non-physician Sources of Vaccine Information|
|State Health Agencies||47%|
|Top 5 Non-physician Sources of General Medical Information|
|Second Opinion (other medical professional)||29%|
|Friends in the Medical Field||28%|