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We are excited to launch 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.

Wearing is Caring Donation Benefitting Charities

National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation)

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 amid COVID-19 crisis. This includes distributing over 7 million pieces of personal protective equipment for frontline workers, providing laboratory and medical equipment, testing support, hiring more than 900 surge staff for health departments, sponsoring national communication campaigns, aiding long-term care facilities and community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations, and supporting much-needed research.

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC)

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 patients with needed medications and food, developed telehealth programs to keep connected while social distancing, hosted COVID-19 screening and testing, and kept patients healthy to 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)

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)

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

CrescentCare

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

DePaul Community Health Centers

DePaul Community Health Centers are federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Louisiana that have provided patients with much-needed services during the pandemic, including COVID-19 testing and vaccination, telehealth appointments, and emergency dental care. They have 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

Coastal Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center 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

Special Olympics Louisiana & Special Olympics Mississippi

As part of Phase II of the “Wearing is Caring” public health campaign, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation supported Special Olympics Louisiana and Special Olympics Mississippi with grants toward their Healthy Athletes programs, which provide health screenings and education in eight different disciplines – including oral health – for Special Olympics athletes. The programs effectively raise awareness about the connection between oral health and systemic wellness.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics

With support from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Special Olympics continued to deliver programming to its athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Their opportunities to develop physical fitness, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship proved important in a time of incredible adversity.

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