Henry Schein Inc, Melville, NY, announced its commitment to donate up to $250,000 in healthcare products over 2 years to the America’s Dentists Care Foundation (ADCF). The donation supports the delivery of free oral healthcare to people in need and is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
With its 2-year ADCF partnership, Henry Schein will donate healthcare 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 healthcare to people living in underserved communities across the United States.
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.
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 2016-17. At those 44 events, volunteer oral health professionals treated more than 60,000 patients and delivered almost $50 million worth of free care.