MELVILLE, N.Y., April 7, 2014 — Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, is celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) in partnership with the School of Health Sciences and Human Services at Hofstra University. This week-long public health observance, which runs from April 6-12 at Hofstra, will address the challenges facing public health professionals in improving the health of all people and communities.
Henry Schein will participate in various NPHW activities, including the Minority Health Conference, which will bring together health professionals and community stakeholders to promote health care equity and provide free-of-charge oral health screenings to nearly 100 local high school students. Henry Schein Cares, the Company’s global corporate social responsibility program, will donate equipment and supplies for the oral health screenings, as well as take-home oral health kits. The Company will also participate in an oral public health panel, entitled “Dental Public Health: Politics, Policy and Practice,” which will explore the relationship between oral health and overall health. Gerard Meuchner, Vice President and Chief Global Communications Officer of Henry Schein, will moderate the panel.
“Henry Schein is proud to partner with Hofstra to raise awareness about the connection of oral health to overall health as part of National Public Health Week,” said Mr. Meuchner. “We are pleased to contribute to the health screenings and to do our part in spreading the word about the need to increase access to oral care within the context of the national mission to address public health problems.”
Since 1995, NPHW, organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), has been held on the first full week of April. This year’s theme, “Public Health: Start Here,” underscores the importance of health professionals in helping individuals and communities adjust to the ever-changing world of public health, stressing the need for collaboration among diverse constituencies.
“National Public Health Week is a time to foster understanding, engagement and support for key public health issues,” said Ronald L. Bloom, PhD, Acting Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Services at Hofstra University. “It is crucial that we use this week to spread the word about how community-based health care campaigns, such as those promoted at Hofstra, can work to resolve the disparities and access to care issues that are at the heart of public health challenges in America.”
This is the second year the School of Health Sciences and Human Services at Hofstra University observed NPHW. In addition to panel discussions and the Minority Health Conference, the series will feature film screenings, student-run exhibits, and a 5K run. For more information about NPHW events at Hofstra, visit Hofstra.edu/nphw2014.