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.