Henry Schein will donate up to $250,000 in healthcare products over the next two years to the America’s Dentists Care Foundation (ADCF). The donation will support the delivery of free oral healthcare to people in need at up to 50 Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental clinics in underserved communities across the United States. The donated product kits, valued at $5,000 each, include gauze, gowns, and masks.
MOM events are staffed by volunteer dentists and dental hygienists who provide dental exams, X-rays, fillings, extractions, and oral hygiene education. Dental assistants and lay volunteers also contribute in various capacities. According to the ADCF, the clinics it supports see about 70 patients per hour, with each patient receiving about $500 in free dental care, on average.
“Mission of Mercy and other charitable dental clinics provide a critical access point for many people and families who rely on us for quality oral healthcare, so we thank Team Schein for their generous donation,” said Bill Blasing, ADCF executive director. “These supplies will help our volunteer dental professionals to not only provide care for our patients and improve function, but also restore their confidence as well.”
This donation continues the partnership between Henry Schein and ADCF to improve the oral health of those in need by supporting MOM events, as the company made a similar contribution to the foundation in support of 44 free clinics that operated in 2016 and 2017. At those events, volunteer oral health professionals treated more than 60,000 patients and delivered almost $50 million worth of free care.
“We are pleased to continue partnering with the America’s Dentists Care Fondation, as their efforts to expand access to care for people in need align with our mission to help health happen for underserved communities,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein.
“The health kits we provide will help the volunteer dental professionals at each Mission of Mercy event provide quality care to their patients and help set each person treated on the path to improved oral health, which is deeply connected to overall health,” said Bergman.