Henry Schein Cares and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. (HSCF) support and develop many programs with the goal of “helping health happen” for at-risk and underserved populations.
In this letter from the HSCF’s Co-Chair Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, learn what makes our flagship program, the Henry Schein Cares Medal, so special and its recipients so worthy of recognition.
America’s health system enjoys many strengths.
They include outstanding educational institutions for the health professions.
The nation’s annual public investment in biomedical research is in excess of $30 billion, primarily through grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. These research grants go to scientists in our nation’s colleges and universities, hospitals, research institutes, and other organizations.
Our pharmaceutical and medical device companies employ the knowledge produced from these basic and clinical science studies to develop new or improved therapies for illnesses or injuries suffered by our citizens.
But, for all of our riches, our health system is not perfect.
For too many of our friends and neighbors, these therapies are not readily available because of poverty, lack of health insurance, geography, or other barriers.
It is here where the spirit of philanthropy and commitment is exercised, in a gratifying way, by health professionals and others organized to give their time and talent to serve those who are in need of health care.
Beginning in 2016, Henry Schein, Inc. and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation were proud to support the establishment of a new award to recognize outstanding examples of expanding access to health care for the underserved. The Henry Schein Cares Medal will be given annually, in medicine, in oral health, and in animal health, to organizations that are exemplars of such outreach.
In 2016, the Henry Schein Cares Medal went to three remarkable organizations:
The Henry Schein Cares Medal in Oral Health was presented to the Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, based in Phoenix, Arizona.
The organization was recognized for its success in expanding access to oral health care to more than 11,000 Phoenix area residents in need. Through its St. Vincent de Paul’s Dental Clinic in Phoenix, the organization has partnered with local schools, volunteer dentists, and oral health professionals for 19 years to provide dental care and services to low-income and uninsured children and adults.
The Henry Schein Cares Medal in Animal Health was awarded to the Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team for the care given to the pets of Portland, Oregon’s poor and/or homeless population.
This includes homeless persons with mental health problems (which have kept them from seeking veterinary care for their pets). PAW Team works with social service agencies and other entities that serve the poor to expand its outreach to homeless persons with pets.
The Henry Schein Cares Medal in Medicine was earned by Hands Up for Haiti, based in Mount Kisco, New York.
Hands Up for Haiti was formed after the Haitian earthquake in 2010. Since then, the organization has sent more than 50 medical teams to Haiti on one-week missions to provide medical care, health education, preventive services, and training for local doctors, nurses, community health workers, and support personnel for community medical clinics.
These three inaugural recipients of the Henry Schein Cares Medal are truly inspiring in their commitment to service, outreach, and excellence. They exhibit the highest ideals in their work and in their professionalism.
In a society where so many have so much, these organizations are improving the health of their communities, making them better places to live, work, and play.
We salute them.
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan is the Co-Chair of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Sullivan’s letter was originally published in Henry Schein’s 2016 Responsibility and Sustainability Report.
Get to know the Henry Schein Cares Medal winners! Hear from the 2016 Animal Health winner, PAW Team, in the blog below: