MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced the launch of its 2018 Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities (HLHC) program, an initiative that supports community health centers in their efforts to provide medical and oral health screenings at free health events held in underserved communities across the U.S. 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 12-18), HLHC is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The program supports 14 free community health events hosted by community health centers throughout the summer and fall, providing each with a $5,000 donation of health care products from the Company and a $5,000 cash grant from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Since its inception 12 years ago, HLHC has supported more than 150 community health events.
According to NACHC, community health centers provide continuous primary and preventive care to millions of patients, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and produce $24 billion in annual health systems savings by, among other things, reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits. They also lower the cost of children's primary care by approximately 35 percent.
HLHC is co-sponsored by state and local community health organizations and supported by Henry Schein's supplier partners. Each HLHC-supported community health event is staffed by local physicians, nurses, dentists, and community volunteers who screen for a range of health issues—including hypertension, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and poor oral health—and associated risk factors that frequently affect children. Attendees at each event can also learn more about how to prevent and treat these problems, and receive assistance in finding a local community health center where they can regularly access care.
"Community health centers are a critical access point to a wide range of health care services, and we at Henry Schein are pleased to support their local outreach efforts through our Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities program," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "Wellness and prevention are essential to overall health, and we gladly stand with NACHC and our supplier partners to support the essential health care screenings being provided at these community health events."
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 a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 22,000 Team Schein Members serving more than 1 million customers globally, the Company is the world's largest provider of Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions to enhance the efficiency of 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's network of trusted advisors provides health care professionals with the valued solutions they need to improve operational success and clinical outcomes. The Company offers customers exclusive, innovative products and solutions, including practice management software, e-commerce solutions, specialty and surgical products, as well as a broad range of financial services. 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.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 34 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $12.5 billion in 2017, 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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