Henry Schein makes $100,000 product donation to CDA Cares

Henry Schein Dental has provided its largest single, ongoing donation to CDA’s statewide charity dental event, CDA Cares.

Schein, which provides health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will contribute $50,000 in supplies to each of the next two CDA Cares events (Fresno and Ventura). Glenn Showgren, California zone general manager for Henry Schein, said the reason the company is donating is to stay true to its mission statement and help underserved communities.

“We believe in the statement that Benjamin Franklin made: Doing well by doing good,” Showgren said. “Henry Schein has been successful in a business sense because we have never forgotten what Mr. Schein believed in when he started the storefront pharmacy in Queens, N.Y. It is important to provide good quality for a good value. However, it is also important to give back wherever possible.”

Henry Schein will be providing everything from infection control supplies such as gloves and barriers to restorative materials and anesthetics at CDA Cares through its $100,000 combined donation. 

“California is our largest single dental market in the United States and I think it is important that we give back to this state and support the efforts that our customers are making to treat the underserved populations,” Showgren said. “When I explained this to the Henry Schein Cares team and senior leadership, they fully supported these efforts and also saw the importance of our support."

The goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and infection and educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health. In addition to providing dental services and oral health education at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, CDA Cares educates policymakers about the importance of an adequately funded dental safety net, which includes a well-functioning Denti-Cal program and a state dental director who can develop cost-effective, quality programs to improve the oral health of Californians. Since 2012, CDA Cares has held seven events and provided $11.2 million in dental services to nearly 14,000 patients across California.

During the March CDA Cares event in Sacramento, dentists and dental professionals provided nearly 14,000 dental procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education. In addition, dentists worked with volunteer technicians in the clinic’s dental lab area to provide 377 complete and partial dentures and repairs.

Jennifer Hilliker, a registered dental assistant and Henry Schein field sales consultant, volunteered in the restorative supply/setup area of the clinic.

“I was impressed by every aspect of the event, especially the organization, from training, to check-in orientation, to my team on the floor. I was amazed at the hard work and dedication of the dental professionals in our community. I am so proud to be a part of a company that helps facilitate this event,” Hilliker said. “There is no feeling like helping such a great cause,  I am counting the days until the next CDA Cares.”

The next CDA Cares program will be held at the Fresno Convention Center on Oct. 2-3. Showgren said he expects Henry Schein to have a strong volunteer presence at the clinic.

“Many of us will be traveling to Fresno to donate our personal time to help out wherever needed,” said Showgren, who, like Hilliker, volunteered at the Sacramento program in March.

“Some of the patients in Sacramento were nervous and hadn’t been to the dentist in years. Being able to tell them that the dental professionals who would be treating them are among the best in the country and helping alleviate their concerns made the experience even more rewarding,” Showgren said. “I don’t have the training to work clinically in the CDA Cares clinics, but I can help behind the scenes to ensure that the clinicians have everything they need to render the care that impacts so many lives.”

To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients in Fresno and Ventura, the CDA Foundation is currently seeking additional sponsors, as well as volunteer dental and health professionals to sign up for an entire day, rather than a shorter shift. Additionally, community volunteers are needed to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, interpreting and much more.

For more information, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.

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Josh is engaged to be married this August. His fiancée Rachel was one of the main reasons he decided to take action to get his oral health under control. He got his teeth fixed thanks to the generosity of the dentists who treated him before CDA Cares by removing most of the decay as well as at the CDA Cares Sacramento clinic in March, where root canals were provided.

The length of the lines at each of the seven CDA Cares clinics held throughout the state since 2012 demonstrate how Denti-Cal fails to provide access to care. CDA Cares Sacramento was another prime example as many of the patients had no other choice to relieve the pain they were in other than lining up early in the morning at Cal Expo.