MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that it has been selected as the recipient of the Corporate Award by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA). The HDA is a national, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the United States.
The Company was recognized for its decades of support of numerous initiatives to increase diversity and cultural competency in the oral health professions for the U.S. and global Hispanic communities, as well as for its commitment to promote access to care and health care equity worldwide. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, accepted the honor at the HDA's 25th Annual Conference held last week in San Antonio, Texas.
"It is an honor to accept this prestigious recognition by the HDA, an organization whose remarkable quarter century of success in advancing oral health here in the United States and globally has been an inspiration," said Mr. Bergman. "Henry Schein shares the HDA's strong commitment to promote greater awareness of oral health issues facing the Hispanic population, to advocate for greater Hispanic representation in the oral health professions, and to support the continuing education of Hispanic dental professionals. The HDA has been at the vanguard of eliminating oral health disparities in the Hispanic community, and Henry Schein is proud to have been its partner for the past 25 years, most recently through our support of the HDA leadership program for the New York City Tri-State area."
Henry Schein has a long history of supporting programs, professional associations, non-profit organizations and initiatives dedicated to promoting diversity in the dental profession and access to care.
Earlier this year, Henry Schein was named the Corporation of the Year by the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives, and through Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program, the Company has sponsored dozens of oral health professionals from around the world to participate in the Senior Dental Leaders Program.
"Spearheaded by the outstanding leadership of Mr. Bergman, Henry Schein has helped make important strides to expand the Hispanic community's access to health care services and enhance culturally-competent oral health care education and delivery of care," said Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, President-elect of the Hispanic Dental Association. "Despite the fact that Hispanics represent more than 53 million people in the United States – one out of every six people – this segment of the U.S. population is underrepresented in the medical and dental professions, allied health fields and academia. With Henry Schein's longstanding support, our organization has been better able to encourage the entry of Hispanics into the oral health professions, which advances the oral health and overall health of the ever-growing Hispanic community."