2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Review - 2
INTRODUCING THE HENRY SCHEIN CARES MEDAL:
A MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIR OF THE HENRY SCHEIN CARES FOUNDATION, INC.
America's health system enjoys many
strengths. They include outstanding
educational institutions for the health
professions (medicine, dentistry, nursing,
veterinary medicine, pharmacy, public
health, and other health fields). 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
the U.S. Department
of Defense, and the
Department of Veterans
Affairs. These research
grants go to scientists in
our nation's colleges and
research institutes, and
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 Phoenixarea 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
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,
including 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 oneweek 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.
Louis W. Sullivan, MD
Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.