Henry Schein has 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 healthcare 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 healthcare system by providing continuous primary and preventive care, reducing the risk of new healthcare problems and resulting in $24 billion in savings for the healthcare system, the NACHC notes.
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, all participants receive materials to further their education about prevention and treatment, 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 healthcare, 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 healthcare, which closely aligns with our commitment to improving public health,” Bergman said. “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.”