Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program Receives 2018 William J. Gies Award

The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program was recently honored with a William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD, dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (center), presented the award to program co-founders, Allison Neale, director, public policy, Henry Schein, Inc. (left), and Avi Wurman, DDS, AO Past International President and program Co-Chair (right).

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Henry Schein Inc joined the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity (AO) to announce that the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program has received a William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement for its mission to provide free oral health care to Holocaust survivors living in poverty across North America.

R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD, dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, presented the program with the 2018 Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner during the 11th Annual Gies Awards Gala in Orlando, Florida. The award was accepted by the program’s co-founders, Avi Wurman, DDS, AO past international president and program co-chair; and Allison Neale, director, Public Policy, Henry Schein Inc.

The Gies Awards—an initiative of the ADEAGies Foundation®, a philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the oral health of the public by funding programs that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition—honor people and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education. Henry Schein, Inc. was previously recognized with the Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner in 2014, and remains the only company to receive an award since the event’s inception in 2007.

The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program was launched in November 2014 in response to the White House’s call to action to help Holocaust survivors age with dignity and respect. Since its inception, it has provided free dental care to nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S. and Canada. The program fills a critical need for many of the 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the U.S., one third of whom live in poverty. Survivors often have special oral health needs, as many suffered from prolonged nutritional deprivation and had little to no dental care access as children during World War II.

Care recipients are identified by the network of Jewish Family and Children’s Service agencies or other identified partner organizations, as well as people of any faith who were victims of Nazi persecution and meet the program’s other eligibility requirements. In addition to financial need, patient participation is prioritized by three critical factors: the elimination of pain, restoration of function, and lack of dental coverage. Participating clinicians determine each patient’s scope of care.

“We are honored that the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program has been presented with the 2018 Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner,” says Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein. “This highly innovative program exemplifies the power of collaboration across sectors—from the more than 475 AO dentists who volunteer their services to the dental schools, social service agencies, corporate partners, and philanthropic donors who are critical to the program’s success. This program has had a profound impact on the lives of nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors, as well as all of the partners who are honored to contribute to their care. Together we are ‘helping health happen’.”         

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