Henry Schein donated $200,000 in health care products to Howard and Meharry’s dental schools to support care for the underserved.

Henry Schein donated $200,000 in health care products to the Howard University College of Dentistry and the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry to support their efforts to provide free oral health care to the underserved through their respective student outreach programs.

The donation of $100,000 each to Howard and Meharry – the only historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with dental schools – was announced by Henry Schein chairman of the board and chief executive officer Stanley M. Bergman in his commencement address at Howard.

During the commencement, he encouraged the dental school graduates to use their talent and training to provide clinical care and pursue a vision of giving back positively to society.

Bergman also announced that each member of this year’s graduating class at Howard College of Dentistry would receive $1,000 in health care products to provide charitable care of their choosing.

“We at Henry Schein embrace the importance of big thinking, collaboration, courageous leadership, and the need for greater health equity, especially among our diverse and underserved communities,” said Bergman in his commencement remarks. “We will continue to support educational institutions, and their students, in their efforts to give back to society.”

Henry Schein, which has supported Howard’s Global Student Outreach program for 18 years, will extend the partnership for the next four years with the $100,000 grant in health care products.

The donations to Howard and Meharry – which also has a student outreach program that Henry Schein supports – recognize the important and unique role that historically black colleges and universities play in promoting health equity.

Bergman also participated in Meharry Medical College’s National Health Summit on health equities as a guest speaker in 2021.

“We greatly appreciate the support Henry Schein has provided over the years to our dental school and its students,” said Cherae Farmer-Dixon, DDS, MSPH, FACD, FICD, dean of the Meharry School of Dentistry. “It is with the support of organizations like Henry Schein that we can advance health equity and expand access to health care for diverse and underserved communities.”

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