MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced the launch of its 2017 Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities (HLHC) program, which supports community health centers across the country in their efforts to provide medical and oral health screenings at free health events held in underserved communities. HLHC is a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program.
Held in conjunction with National Health Center Week (August 13-19), HLHC is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The program expects to serve hundreds of people at each of 14 free community health fairs held by community health centers throughout the summer and fall. HLHC supports each community health center's event with a donation of $5,000 worth of health care products from the company and a $5,000 cash grant from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.
Since its inception 11 years ago, HLHC has supported more than 100 community health events. According to the NACHC, community health centers play a fundamental role in the nation's health care system by providing continuous primary and preventive care, reducing the risk of new health care problems, resulting in $24 billion in savings for the health care system.
HLHC is annually co-sponsored by state and local community health organizations and supported by Henry Schein's supplier partners. At each HLHC event, local physicians, nurses, dentists, and community volunteers screen for a variety of health issues—including hypertension, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and poor oral health—and associated risk factors that frequently affect children. In addition, each participant receives materials to further their education about prevention and treatment of these problems, as well as assistance in finding a local community health center where they can access care regularly.
"Community health centers play a crucial role in health care, providing essential screenings to people throughout the country who would otherwise go without," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "We at Henry Schein recognize that community health centers deliver high-quality, affordable health care, which closely aligns with our commitment to improving public health. With the generous efforts of our supplier partners, Team Schein Member volunteers, and local community health center organization partners, we are 'helping health happen' for thousands of people."
About the National Association of Community Health Centers
Founded in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the national health care advocacy organization for America's medically underserved and uninsured and the community health centers that serve as their health care home.
NACHC works in conjunction with state and regional primary care associations, health center controlled networks and other public and private sector organizations to expand health care access to all in need.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.
Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations to non-profit organizations supporting health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care.
The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as provided by law.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 21,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 million customers.
The company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items. The company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 32 countries. The company's sales reached a record $11.6 billion in 2016, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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