Henry Schein has launched its 2016 Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities (HLHC) program, expanding access to healthcare, prevention, and wellness for underserved communities by providing free medical and dental screenings at community events around the country.
Created 10 years ago in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) HLHC expects to serve about 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 center.
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. Since HLHC’s inception, Henry Schein and the foundation have provided supplies and financial assistance combined in support of nearly 95 health fairs.
According to the NACHC, community health centers 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 cosponsored 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 range of health issues such as hypertension, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and poor oral health and associated risk factors that commonly affect children. Each participant also receives educational materials and assistance in finding a local community health center where they can access care regularly.
“Community health centers play a vital role throughout the country, providing excellent care to people who would otherwise go without,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein.
“Community health centers, which promote high-quality, affordable healthcare, closely align with Henry Schein’s commitment to wellness, treatment, and disease prevention,” Bergman said. “We are pleased to join our supplier partners, Team Schein Member volunteers, and local community health center organization partners to ‘help health happen’ for thousands of children and their caregivers through our Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities program.”