Now on its tenth year, company initiative recognises the vital role of community health centres and expands access to care for thousands of children and their caregivers
Henry Schein, Inc. announced the launch of its 2016 Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities (HLHC) programme, which expands access to healthcare, prevention and wellness for underserved communities by providing free medical and dental screenings at community events throughout the country.
Created ten years ago in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centres (NACHC), the HLHC programme expects to serve approximately 8,700 children and their caregivers with free medical and oral health services at 14 health fairs this summer and fall. Each event is held in conjunction with a local community health centre. HLHC is a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility programme.
The company supports each HLHC event with a $5,000 in-kind donation and a $5,000 cash grant from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) organisation that works to expand access to care globally. Since HLHC’s inception, the company and the foundation have provided supplies and financial assistance combined in support of nearly 95 health fairs. According to the NACHC, community health centres play a key role in the nation’s healthcare system by providing continuous primary and preventive care, reducing the risk of new healthcare problems and saving the healthcare system $24 billion per year.
HLHC is annually co-sponsored by state and local community health organisations and supported by Henry Schein’s supplier partners. At each HLHC event, local physicians, nurses, dentists and community volunteers screen for a range of health issues – including hypertension, asthma, diabetes, obesity and poor oral health – and associated risk factors that commonly affect children. In addition, each participant receives educational materials about ways to prevent and treat these problems, as well as assistance in finding a local community health centre where they can access care regularly.
“Community health centres play a vital role throughout the country, providing excellent care to people who would otherwise go without,” said Mr. Stanley M. Bergman Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “Community health centres, which promote high quality, affordable healthcare, closely align with Henry Schein’s commitment to wellness, treatment and disease prevention. We are pleased to join our supplier partners, Team Schein Member volunteers, and local community health centre organisation partners to ‘help health happen’ for thousands of children and their caregivers through our Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities programme.”